Mobile network operator Ooredoo Qatar is to deploy Nokia Networks small cells in hotspots across the country. The decision follows a trial using Nokia 4G LTE and 3G small cells in high-traffic indoor and outdoor locations in the capital Doha, including the historic Souq Waqif area (pictured).
Nokia Networks' services experts first identified the key hotspots using advanced planning and analysis tools. Nokia Flexi Zone small cells were then nstalled in strategic locations such as café and restaurant rooftops to ensure additional capacity, coverage and better network availability, as well as reduce latency.
Nokia’s small cell base stations are unusual in that they have the same software and processing capabilities as the company’s macro base stations, but require less space and can be deployed more easily and in a highly cost-efficient manner.
Ooredoo Qatar has deployed the Flexi Zone small cells to complement its existing 4G macro network with the aim of providing enhanced voice and data services to its customers even in the most crowded indoor and outdoor areas. The solution includes:
• Nokia Flexi Lite 3G and Nokia Flexi Zone 4G micro base stations optimised for indoor and outdoor micro cell deployments
• Nokia Flexi Zone 4G pico base stations for high-quality indoor coverage
• Nokia NetAct for consolidated network management across small cells and the macro layer
• Network planning and optimisation, design and implementation services to identify hotspots and ensure a smooth, speedy rollout for high network quality .
Waleed Al Sayed, chief operating officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: "Our customers demand high-quality services, even in complex hotspots and crowded urban zones. Nokia Networks small cells will enable us to provide just that: more capacity, higher availability and reduced latency. We chose Nokia Networks because the company proved that it can ensure the best network performance."
Bernard Najm, vice president and head of Middle East and Africa, Nokia Networks, said: "This deal marks an important step forward in our longstanding partnership with Ooredoo Qatar, an operator intensely focused on delivering top quality services to its customers. Nokia's advanced mobile broadband solutions will help Ooredoo achieve its goal of enriching people's lives and supporting the Qatar National Vision of boosting the knowledge-based economy."