Oct 22, 2020

Ooredoo establishes new wireless capacity in Algeria

Wireless Networks
MENA
Joanna England
2 min
Ooredoo Algeria launches 10Gbps link to set new capacity record in the region
Ooredoo Algeria launches 10Gbps link to set new capacity record in the region...

The Algerian arm of Ooredoo QSC has joined forces with the Italian multinational telecom network supplier SIAE Microelettronica, to modernise the region’s mobile network.

Established in Algeria in 2004, Ooredoo Algeria provides 3G and 4G mobile services for businesses and individuals. As one of only three mobile providers in Algeria, the telecom company, which recently logged a turnover of DZD 82 bn, manages a network of more than 12.6 million subscribers. 

Running 4G services over 48 provinces in Algeria, Ooredoo Algeria has been improving its mobile backhaul capacity by implementing an advanced transport infrastructure in the region. This is a continuation of the programme that is converting the multiband and e-band backhaul to a multi-gigabit infrastructure.

The newly launched 10Gbps link was created by improving an existing link functioning at the full, legal channel bandwidth of 1GHz, to a 2+0 configuration over a single antenna. This move doubled the previous link capacity.

The improved services should now ensure better mobile coverage for all regions provided by Ooredoo. The telecom company was recently fined DZD 26.02mn by the ARPCE (Autorite de Regulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques) following poor quality coverage issues in five sectors. 

Abdelkrim Melab, Head of Transmission Engineering at Ooredoo Algeria, explained; “Investing in new technologies is fundamental in building resilient networks capable of withstanding unexpected situations. This has been possible thanks to SIAE Microelettronica’s technology and to the professional services they put in place for us.”

Nicola Bonzanino, Head of sales Africa for SIAE Microelettronica, added; “We are pleased to be helping Ooredoo achieve their connectivity vision through our experience.”

Ooredoo Algeria is heavily involved in the wider digital transformation of the country. Speaking to Mobile Magazine in an interview this September, CTO Timos Tsokanis explained that the telecom firm has “invested, in total, hundreds of billions of dinars, since we started in 2004,” says Tsokanis. “We continue to invest tens of billions of dinars in every investment cycle that we go through. We're expanding, we're modernising our network with the focus, of course, being on newer and more efficient technologies such as 4G. I believe that the sheer volume of investment proves beyond any doubt our solid commitment to this country.”

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Jul 20, 2021

Dish inks $5bn deal with AT&T as T-Mobile relationship sours

dish
AT&T
T-Mobile
WirelessNetworks
2 min
Courtesy of DISH Wireless
MVNO operator Dish is on shaky ground. As its long-standing partnership with T-Mobile falls apart, a new 10-year contract with AT&T might be the answer. 

Dish is on a relentless quest to become America’s fourth major carrier. However, that ambition isn’t going so well at the moment. A series of dust-ups with its long-standing key partner T-Mobile, and a business model that’s left it hemorrhaging customers by the hundreds of thousands every quarter, Dish is desperately looking to change up its game. 

First, Dish is looking to switch up its strategic alliances. In order to help it take a bite out of Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T, Dish has announced a new deal in which it will give $5bn dollars to, um, AT&T. 

This may seem counterintuitive but, as a mobile carrier without any real network infrastructure of its own, Dish is dependent on partnering up with at least one nationwide carrier in order to offer its services. 

Up until now, Dish had mostly partnered with T-Mobile for the CDMA network that supported coverage for its 9mn customers on Boost Mobile. Earlier this year, T-Mobile announced plans to shut that network down, offering little by way of suggestion as to how Dish was expected to proceed. The relationship between the two firms has soured since, and while the new 10-year deal between Dish and AT&T doesn’t touch on a replacement CDMA network for Dish’s customers, the $5bn investment certainly feels like a big “up yours” to T-Mobile. 

Courtesy of DISH Wireless
Courtesy of DISH Wireless

 

Dish currently owns three major MVNO brands, Boost Mobile, Ting Mobile, and Republic Wireless. Subscribers to these brands’ services will be able to connect their devices to AT&T’s 4G and 5G networks. 

In return, AT&T will gain access to some of Dish’s wireless spectrum, through which it currently delivers some 5G services. Dish is currently in the process of expanding that 5G network and the company claims that it will continue to build out the US’ first cloud-native, OpenRAN-based 5G network, with a goal of reaching over 70% of the population by 2023. 

"Teaming with AT&T on this long-term partnership will allow us to better compete in the retail wireless market and quickly respond to changes in our customers' evolving connectivity needs as we build our own first-of-its kind 5G network," said John Swieringa, DISH COO and Group President of Retail Wireless. "The agreement provides enhanced coverage and service for our Boost, Ting and Republic customers, giving them access to the best connectivity on the market today via voice, messaging, data and nationwide roaming on AT&T's vast network, as well as DISH's 5G network."

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