Nokia to upgrade Ooredoo Qatar’s nationwide mobile broadband network

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Qatar, a vibrant economy in the Middle East, is seeing a drastic increase in smartphone use and as a result surging data demand. With a view to service end users better, Ooredoo Qatar has signed a three-year agreement with Nokia wherein the latter will upgrade and expand Ooredoo's existing mobile broadband network across the country, providing 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-Advanced radio and core technologies, and services.

Core network elements include Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and the agreement will witness the provision of the Nokia NetAct operations support system across all radio technologies and core for full visibility and easy network management. Nokia will also provide network planning, optimization and implementation services together with Care, hardware and software services.

As part of its Supernet initiative, Ooredoo Qatar is already using Nokia's LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology to offer subscribers with compatible mobile devices up to 375 megabits-per-second speeds in busy areas of Doha, the capital of Qatar. In a recent demonstration, the companies achieved peak data rates close to 600 Mbps. Ooredoo is an international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the requirements of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

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