Ooredoo has launched ultra-fast 4G mobile broadband services with data speeds up to three to six times faster than 3G for its customers in Doha. Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is the sole supplier and has built the complete LTE (long term evolution) radio and core network for the operator.
Under the contract, NSN provided its Single RAN (radio access network) based on its Flexi Multiradio base station. In addition, the company provided its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (network server), Flexi NG (network gateway), and Liquid Core based SGSN (serving GPRS support node).
NSN’s voice call solution circuit switched fall back (CSFB) has enabled Ooredoo’s 4G customers to make voice calls using either the operator’s GSM or 3G networks, while enjoying text messaging (SMS) and data services through the LTE network.
At a later stage, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) will be introduced allowing Ooredoo’s 4G customers to make voice calls without having to fall back to GSM or 3G networks.
NSN also upgraded its NetAct network management system for consolidated configuration, monitoring and network optimisation of Ooredoo’s GSM, 3G and LTE networks. In order to provide the most secure LTE network without any degradation in throughput, NSN supplied its 3GPP LTE security solution.
The company also provided its network implementation services for a smooth and rapid rollout. It will continue to maintain the LTE network for Ooredoo with its care services.
‘Mobile broadband use in Qatar is growing at a dramatic pace and so is subscriber demand for faster mobile broadband,’ said Waleed Al Sayed, chief operating officer, Ooredoo. ‘With the support of our long-standing partner Nokia Siemens Networks, our LTE network delivers truly satisfying super-fast 4G services for bandwidth hungry customers in today’s data-dominated world.’
Qais Esrawee, head of sub-region, Nokia Siemens Networks, said: ‘With our LTE infrastructure, Ooredoo’s LTE network raises the bar for data services in the country and the operator can keep pace with the surge in smartphone adoption and bandwidth-intensive applications and services.
‘Nokia Siemens Networks’ radio network platform saves not only energy and space with its compact nature, but also capital costs for Ooredoo, as our radio access network is future-proof and runs 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE) services concurrently on the same platform.’