Under the partnership agreement, Nokia has deployed its AirScale radio platform, based on 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards, utilizing massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (ma-MIMO) radio technology
NEW DELHI: UAE-based telco Etisalat said it has launched a 5G network in the country in collaboration with Finland’s Nokia to provide enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) services, expand 5G coverage, and unlock new revenue opportunities.
Under the partnership agreement, Nokia has deployed its AirScale radio platform, based on 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards, utilizing massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (ma-MIMO) radio technology.
Further, Etisalat is building an autonomous 5G network using the Etisalat A3 platform, in partnership with Nokia, to deliver a leading customer experience, according to an official statement.
Etisalat joins the growing global ecosystem with the deployment of its 5G network, which will allow it to enable applications in areas such as virtual reality(VR) and augmented reality (AR).
It also addresses Industry 4.0 opportunities to benefit enterprises from various Internet of Things (IoT) use cases in areas such as energy, healthcare, education, transport, and entertainment, providing new revenue opportunities.
However, no financial details of the deal were disclosed.
“We are building an autonomous 5G network and are very excited about how 5G can transform industrial and consumer services. The 5G services we have rolled out truly enhance lifestyles and deliver significant gains in productivity in the UAE, contributing to the national innovation strategy,” said Haitham Abdulrazzak, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat.
“Etisalat’s technical teams have closely worked with Nokia to build the 5G network smoothly and enabled 5G coverage with ultra-high speed and low latency services in the UAE… Rolling out 5G network is in line with our focus on digital innovation and investments in next-generation telecom technologies,” added Saeed Al Zarouni, SVP, Mobile Network, Etisalat.
“With this deployment, Nokia is supporting Etisalat in achieving its vision of driving the digital future… With this next generation 5G network deployment, we are excited to continue our longstanding collaboration with Etisalat to deliver the full transformational benefits of 5G,” commented Tommi Uitto, president of Mobile Networks at Nokia.