Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson roll out shared indoor 5G connectivity

Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson roll out shared indoor 5G connectivity

Hard on the heels of a busy MWC for both companies, Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson have highlighted the successful implementation of what is described as the world’s first 5G indoor shareable solution in Qatar, achieving speeds of 1.5 gigabits per second (Gbps).

The solution, called Ericsson Indoor Connect 8855, has been commercially deployed in stadiums across the country to enhance the immersive experiences of international tournaments.

Part of the Ericsson Radio Dot System, Indoor Connect 8855 is a multi-operator, multi-vendor solution with full band support and 4x4 MIMO capability. With this solution, says Ericsson, several communications service providers can deliver a superior indoor 5G experience to their subscribers with speeds beyond 1 Gbps.

The solution also ensures reliable gigabit performance to end users and seamlessly caters to high-demanding users at massive events that have high traffic – like the World Cup later this year.

The solution was showcased at a regional football tournament held in Qatar in 2021 catering for the high requirements of network subscribers during the event and tackling, and delivering, high capacity per user, reaching peak rates of up to 1.5 Gbps.

The key terms here, however, are ‘shareable’ and ‘multi-operator’. By leveraging shared indoor radio infrastructure, says Ericsson, service providers can generate total cost of ownership savings of up to 50 percent compared to other solutions on the market. Of course, this means a number of operators must come on board with the concept.

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