Ooredoo Qatar launches commercial 5G with Nokia core network

Ooredoo Qatar launches commercial 5G with Nokia core network

Ooredoo Qatar has launched a Nokia-powered cloud-native core network for commercial 5G services.

The new core network facilitates automation for improved network efficiency and streamlined network management. The transformation of the core network also enables Ooredoo Qatar to bring new use cases such as Industrial IOT (IIoT), Voice over Broadband (VoBB), Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) to its subscribers. Furthermore, Nokia’s equipment and professional services will help Ooredoo Qatar to scale its network more efficiently with automated operations and enhanced robustness.

5G technology demands a dynamic, agile, and easily scalable core network, which can address the ever-increasing traffic without any impact on the performance. The cloud-native core is essential to meet the critical business objectives of 5G, including better bandwidth and latency, the requirement of IoT, and providing new services that go beyond the traditional offerings of voice, broadband and messaging by service providers.

More than ten virtualized network functions (VNFs) are deployed on the cloud platform, covering data, voice, subscriber management registers and policy control enabling voice and data services. The new cloud core network supports 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) architecture and provides a smooth transition to a 5G Standalone network architecture.

Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, Chief Operating Officer at Ooredoo Qatar, said: “Collaboration with Nokia…will help us in providing low-latency, high-speed and content-rich services to our subscribers.” 

Henrique Vale, Vice President of Nokia Software for Middle East and Africa, said: “Ooredoo Qatar's new core network will enable it to bring innovative and the latest use cases to its subscribers and also prepares the network for providing scalable 5G commercial services."