UAE-based operator du has signed a four-year 5G expansion deal with Nokia.
The deployment will allow du – a unit of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) - to deliver a superior network experience to its customers and set it on the path to upgrade the network for future technologies. du's subscribers will benefit from improved coverage, capacity and overall network performance.
As part of the agreement, Nokia will deploy the new 5G sites with its Single Radio Access Network (SRAN) technology. This will deliver 5G services in new locations and address the demand for enhanced broadband services.
As per the contract, du’s 5G network will use products from Nokia’s AirScale Radio Network Access portfolio and massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (mMIMO) to deliver an ultra-fast and low-latency network experience.
Nokia’s SRAN solution will also reduce network complexity by allowing du to manage multi-technology operations on a single platform. This will also help du to future-proof its investment by enhancing network and cost efficiencies.
In addition, Nokia will deploy its NetAct network management solution and Nokia Performance Manager, which present a consolidated network view leading to improved network monitoring and management. du will also utilize Nokia’s digital deployment services including installation, planning and automated site deployment, for timely and efficient execution of the project.
Saleem Al Blooshi, Chief Technology Officer at du, said: “Nokia is one of our trusted partners, and we are pleased to be using its SRAN solution to further improve our network's coverage and capacity. Ubiquitous access to ultra-high-speed networks will help the country further accelerate digital transformation.”