Etisalat taps Ericsson for 5G network core
The UAE’s leading telecom provider, Etisalat, is using Ericsson equipment to implement its advanced 5G radio and core network.
The state-owned operative is a multinational United Arab Emirates-based telecommunications services provider currently operating in 15 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
The partnership will concentrate on 5G use cases and applications that contribute to the digital transformation of the industry. These include Enhanced Mobile Broadband, Fixed Wireless Access, enabling industrial 5G applications and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Etisalat has been at the forefront of new technology on many occasions and was recently hailed by Ookla Speedtest as the world’s fastest mobile network.
The new 5G cloud-native network is a development milestone for mobile and broadband services in the UAE, and will provide Etisalat subscribers with enhanced mobile broadband, fixed wireless access and 5G industrial and IoT solutions.
Haitham Abdulrazzak, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat, described the new 5G cloud-native network is a development milestone for mobile and broadband services in the UAE.
He said, "Etisalat continuously strives for innovative solutions to bring value to our customers. Being recognised as the world's fastest mobile network operator in 2020, 5G will act as an important infrastructure in realising the digital future, boosting investment in the country and driving the knowledge economy.”
Abdulrazzak added, “We are rapidly upgrading our network to deliver the quality, capacity, and overall network performance that our enterprise and consumers demand. With a new 5G Radio and 5G Core network, we will further ensure high quality, increased capacity, and greater reliability for our customers.”
Ekow Nelson, Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit Etisalat at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said the UAE provider’s 5G network would significantly improve subscriber services. “Etisalat’s 5G network not only has the latest digital infrastructure capabilities, it also offers significantly improved capacity. Consumers, enterprises, industry and society in general in the UAE are set to benefit enormously from 5G and we are keen to be working with Etisalat to make that happen.”
ZTE Corporation drives Cellcard’s 5G ambitions for Cambodia
Serving a quarter of the world’s population, ZTE Corporation has been dedicated to enabling connectivity and trust since 1985, offering end-to-end product lines and integrated solutions for the telecommunications industry.
With more than 10% of annual revenue invested into research and development centres in the United States, Sweden and China, ZTE Corporation prides itself on owning more than 38,000 patents.
Now, the company has its sights set on the future, specifically the global commercial deployment of 5G and the opportunities that it brings.
Cellcard’s CEO Ian Watson is determined the telco will be the first to achieve full 5G coverage in Cambodia – in part to take advantage of the esports opportunity.
“Sixty per cent of the Cambodian population is under 30,” Watson told Mobile Magazine. “So you have this segment that can drive a lot of revenue for telcos. We realised from the research and industry trends that esports was becoming a huge phenomenon in Cambodia. So we said, what can we do to bring this to the youth? And the answer is in the network: consistency, low latency. It’s not just about the price: it’s about the consistency, quality and everything else.”
Cellcard, part of the Royal Group of Companies, signed a deal with ZTE Corporation for the introduction of 5G and increase of 4G coverage and capacity across Cambodia at the end of 2020.
The agreement cemented plans for the rolling out of 5G as well as evolving its 4G LTE coverage and quality – a significant financial investment that will position Cambodia as one of the leading nations in the region for 5G adoption.
This transformation of the ICT sector will directly impact citizens’ lives through technologies such as IoT, Big Data, AI, and AR to help drive a strong Cambodian economy.