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Enhanced 5G services – Ooredoo selects Nokia for cloud-native core network

Karim Husami

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Enhanced 5G services – Ooredoo selects Nokia for cloud-native core network

Every generation of internet technology will acquire a certain amount of traffic depending on the quality of the network; better quality generates more network usage. With increased traffic comes further complications related to the effects on the performance, thus finding solutions to strengthen performance is imperative. This will always drive companies to search for ways and solutions to facilitate the use of the network, improve its efficiency and streamline its network management.

In an effort to provide high-quality mobile broadband services to its millions of subscribers in Qatar, Ooredoo has launched a Nokia-powered cloud-native core network for commercial 5G services, according to Nokia.

The cloud-native allows the international telecommunication company based in Qatar to deliver a wide range of commercial 5G services to its retail and enterprise users.

Countries are keen to have the latest 5G technology deployed to offer their citizens the best services, cloud-native core is crucial to meet the acute business objectives of this network. That includes the requirement of IoT, better bandwidth and latency and providing new services that go beyond the traditional offerings of voice, broadband and messaging by service providers.

Even more features will be added to the cloud: Nokia AirFrame data center hardware, CloudBand Application Manager, CBIS OpenStack Software, Voice and Cloud Packet Core Virtual Network Functions, and Nuage Networks Software Defined Networking.

Thus, the core network should be easily accessible, agile and dynamic for 5G to address the rapidly increasing traffic without an impact on the performance.

This revolutionary step confirms Ooredoo’s strategic direction in transforming network resources to cloud-native technology.

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.”

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

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Journalist for 7 years in print media, with a bachelor degree in Political Science and International Affairs. Masters in Media communications.

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Huawei, China Unicom install 5G Indoor Ubiquitous Gigabit in National Stadium

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As such, China Unicom Beijing and Huawei unveiled a 5G indoor ubiquitous Gigabit network in the National Stadium, as a part of the joint 5G Capital initiative between them. This announcement came during the commemoration of the 2021 World Telecommunication & Information Society Day (WTISD).

The Massive MIMO technology of Huawei is the widely improved gigabit network technology that delivers enhanced signal quality, assures high-speed transmission, and a high-quality experience in dense areas covered with 5G. It allows indoor networks to grasp the multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO).

Combining the 5G LampSite digital indoor network products that support an ultra-wide bandwidth of 300 MHz and the innovative distributed Massive MIMO technology, the network delivers a perceived data rate of above 1 Gbps in 90 percent of the grandstand area.

Both the firm used the combined techniques of a 5G LampSite digital indoor network with an ultra-wide bandwidth of 300 MHz and the innovative distributed Massive MIMO technology.

Benefits of MIMO

Distributed Massive MIMO is vital to greatly improve 5G performance and support 5G indoor ubiquitous Gigabit networks. Incorporating the leading technologies of outdoor 5G Massive MIMO into indoor networks, distributed Massive MIMO provides indoor networks with joint beamforming and multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) to enhance both the 5G network capacity and user experience.

Also, it improves signal quality by eliminating the co-channel interference on multi-cell networks to provide a high-speed and high-quality experience in most areas with 5G coverage. The field results showed an improvement of over 30 percent in user-perceived speed and consistent Gigabit experience for users on the move.

Many fellow companies of Huawei are benefited by this high-performance network technology and the company is still expanding its reaching areas.

Yang Peng, Deputy General Manager of China Unicom Beijing’s Network Division, said: “By jointly initiating the 5G Capital initiative with Huawei, we aim to build ubiquitous high-quality 5G networks. With the deployment of the 300-MHz LampSite pRRUs and distributed Massive MIMO in the National Stadium, China Unicom Beijing can now provide the ultra-large network capacity required to provide the audience with immersive experience while preparing networks for smart applications such as AR with ubiquitous Gigabit connections.”

This stadium is spread over 258,000 m2 with that 91,000-sitting capacity. It is also famous as Bird’s Nest and indeed of ubiquitous high-speed experience for the high density of mobile users present during the events.

Marvin Chen, President of Huawei DIS Product Line, said: “Distributed Massive MIMO introduces Massive MIMO to the digital headends of indoor networks. Due to this innovative application, up to 64T64R transmission is now possible in indoor networks, adding to new tools carriers can leverage to provide ubiquitous Gigabit experience in indoor areas. Huawei will continue to innovate network solutions to help carriers achieve ToB and ToC success.”

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STC Kuwait deploys Stand Alone 5G infrastructure

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Kuwait telecoms giant STC announced earlier last week the successful commercialization step of implementing 5G Stand Alone (5G SA). The milestone is considered to be the second and most disruptive development of the comprehensive 3GPP 5th generation compliant network.

STC also successfully accomplished the widest scale of 5G deployment coverage on Sub-3GHz and 2.1GHz amongst other mobile service providers in the MENA region. Alongside these two achievements, the company enhanced its infrastructure with the deployment of an advanced automated Business Support System.

In a statement released by the company, STC indicated that it has been progressing with major 5G SA developments to advance its 5G network architecture, enabling the radical transformation of the telecom industry into an as-a-Service model in line with Kuwait’s 2035 vision.

5G SA technology will enable STC’s subscribers to enjoy higher uplink bandwidth, especially catering to specialized use scenarios, such as enterprise applications where uplink throughput is equally important as downlink.

Additionally, the technology will lower user-traffic latency to address key issues related to interruptions in gaming experience, while kicking off market interest in new rich forms of gaming technology like Virtual Reality (VR). 5G SA will also feature higher levels of security that utilize the best industry know-how to provide robustness to telecom networks.

Further empowering Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) deployment, 5G SA will enable STC to become not only Cloud Native, but Edge Native as well. This transition will allow service aggregation near subscriber premises.

From massive data processing in enterprise campus scenarios, real-time data processing in industrial control, and autonomous driving, to massive IoT use cases requiring analytics localization and better user experience for AR/VR/cloud.

5G SA enables different verticals to gain advantage from STC’s infrastructure by creating end-to-end isolated logical networks that share resources in a secured, isolated, and efficient way, also known as Network Slicing.

This allows public and private corporations increase their levels of efficiency and increase revenue when building their private networks, without the hassle of investing in new infrastructure, acquiring new spectrums, developing coverage, and getting capital assets.

STC will also be able to offer diversified digital services to verticals, such as guaranteed voice over 5G applications (VoNR), dedicated data access, dedicated internet access, as well as on-demand services such as, cloud CCTV capabilities to empower enhanced smart city services to citizens and assist businesses in innovating and generating new revenue streams in untapped markets.

Focusing on the user experience and enhanced 5G coverage, especially indoors and in weak coverage spots, STC started delivering Sub-3GHz 2.1GHz 5G NR with national wide implementation since mid-2020. 

Currently, 2.1GHz 5G NR sites have been strategically installed in dense districts. To further boost its infrastructure coverage, STC plans to deploy more sites in 2021.

The new deployment will play an important role for a number of years to come, providing enhanced Quality of Experience (QoE) for multiple 5G use cases, such as HD voice, 4K video streaming, online gaming, telemedicine and collaborative applications.

The services are offered over the most popular 2.1 GHz 5G NR supported smartphones and other 5G devices including Apple, Samsung, and Huawei devices. This will enable smoother access to 5G Carrier Aggregation (CA) Services and mass deployment for Internet of Thing (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) over STC’s 5G infrastructure offering enhanced smart city services to users, while assisting businesses in launching new-to-market solutions. 

In parallel, STC has been systematically working on monetizing its 5G infrastructure with advanced Business Support Systems toward native cloud Network architecture. The systems aim to introduce innovative Network-as-a-Service models capable of integrating 3rd party APIs and utilizing DevOps Tools to suit wide-ranges of industry transformations.

“STC positions itself to provide state-of-the-art 5G intelligent connectivity and agile 5G SA cloud native infrastructure to ensure mapping of business and government transformations,” Fahad Abdulrahman Al Ali, Chief Technology Officer at STC, noted in the statement.

The company’s strategic plans tie in new opportunities by utilizing new generation 5G infrastructure with rich multidimensional designs and a native cloud architecture to offer enterprises with guaranteed Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

After the large-scale deployment of Sub-3GHz 5G, STC projects high levels of improved in-depth coverage and user experience of STC’s 5G network, laying a solid foundation for the sound development of 5G MBB services. 

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Polish Telco Play partners up with Samsung to conduct 5G trials

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South Korean tech giant Samsung announced on Wednesday a partnership with Polish telco Play to conduct 4G and 5G trials in Warsaw.

According to a joint statement, Samsung and Play will verify the capability and performance of Samsung’s 4G and 5G network solutions in the trial, which will be carried out in Play’s labs and commercial networks, beginning in Q2 of this year.

The trial will also test the interoperability between Play’s 2G/3G legacy networks and Samsung’s latest solutions, which will see Samsung R&D Institute Poland taking part as well.

The Polish telco provides mobile voice, messaging, data and video services for both consumers and businesses – Play boasts over 15 million subscribers across the nation, covering 99 percent of the country’s population.

“At Play we are open to the innovative technologies offered by our partners. The partnership with Samsung is another initiative that allows us to choose the best solutions for the rollout of our network. It is its extension and modernization that have a direct impact on the comfort of our customers,” said Michał Ziółkowski, Management Board Member and Chief Technology Officer at Play.

For the trial, Samsung will provide its latest 4G and 5G solutions—including 4G radios, 5G Massive MIMO radios and baseband units—on low and mid-band spectrums. Samsung’s 5G Massive MIMO radios have been commercially deployed since 2019 and are currently in operation across the globe.

Slim and lightweight, Samsung’s Massive MIMO radios ensure easy installation and quick deployment for mobile operators and increase coverage, boost data speeds to enrich 5G experience for users.

The company’s baseband unit offers improved performance with enhanced capacity and throughput, while supporting both 4G and 5G frequencies in a single unit. With this solution, operators can increase flexibility in network management and achieve cost efficiency.

“This trial will serve as a meaningful milestone for the two companies’ collaborative efforts in Poland,” said Thomas Riedel, Head of Europe, Networks Business at Samsung Electronics. “Leveraging our advanced 5G solutions and technical leadership, we will continue to expand our global and European presence with leading operators like Play to take 5G user experience to new heights.”

Samsung Currently, Samsung operates its R&D centers in Warsaw and Cracow, Poland, where the tech giant’s highest-quality software is created, as well as 5G trials. The company is currently providing network solutions to mobile operators that deliver connectivity to hundreds of millions of users around the world.

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