Nokia and the Qatari telecommunications major Ooredoo Group have entered a five-year strategic partnership to bring multiple technologies and services to customers in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. The multi-national deal includes 5 G services across these countries, as announced by Nokia.
Nokia and Ooredoo are working on expanding the former network in areas covered by the partnership, and the deal builds on Nokia's global partnership with Ooredoo. The company said in the press release that deployment is already underway and is expected to be completed by the year 2026 in all countries. As per the announcement, Nokia is going to deploy equipment from its latest AirScale RAN portfolio on sites across North Africa and Southeast Asia and will also include digital deployment services and will provide Ooredoo zero-touch automation capabilities that will drive greater scale and reliability. Ooredoo will be able to launch and grow new services spanning health, smart cities, banking, transportation, and public safety with the help of Nokia Cloud Packet Core, Voice Core, Registers, Policy Controller, Signaling and Cloud Platform.
Nokia s optical solutions and microwave transport will help facilitate network expansion and launch new services seamlessly.
This renewed contract is testimony to our growing partnership with Nokia to modernise and expand our network by rolling out world-class 4 G and 5 G services across North Africa and Southeast Asia. Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo, Managing Director, Ooredoo Group, said that customers will be able to experience faster speeds and enhanced response times thanks to Nokia's advanced technology.
We are excited to deliver robust networks to Ooredoo's customers. This new five-year deal will allow businesses to digitalise and innovate with new services, as well as the benefits of Nokia's technology including 5 G for consumers in Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. Pekka Lundmark, President and Chief Executive Officer at Nokia, said the move to 5 G will drive radical transformation across industries, communities and public services.