Ooredoo Qatar Selects Nokia to Build Its 5G Cloud Native Core Network

Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi
“Our 5G network will open the flood-gates for machine learning, automation and micro-services use-cases for consumer and business customers in the country,” said Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar.

Qatar’s leading communications company, Ooredoo Qatar, a provider of mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services, has selected Nokia to build its 5G cloud native core network to support delivery of enhanced mobile broadband services.

Ooredoo Qatar has already tested a number of 5G use cases, including 5G aerial taxis and drones. The company is waiting for the availability of 5G devices to roll out commercial 5G services in the near future. Nokia’s solution will be deployed in Ooredoo’s “state-of-the-art” data centers in Qatar’s capital city Doha. This initiative with Nokia would take Ooredoo Qatar closer to bringing innovative 5G use cases to its customers.

Nokia’s cloud-based architecture for Ooredoo Qatar’s core network would be scalable, agile and flexible, making it “reliable” and suitable for extreme mobile broadband and massive/critical machine communication services. Nokia will deploy Nokia AirFrame, CloudBand, voice and Cloud Packet Core VNFs, and Nuage Networks Software Defined Network (SDN) in Ooredoo Qatar’s core network.

“The modernization of our core network will enhance our capabilities to innovate with new services,” said Yousuf Abdu

lla Al Kubaisi, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar. “It will also help us to meet additional demands for high-speed data services in general as well as bursts in demand, particularly in upcoming mega sporting events. Our 5G network will open the flood-gates for machine learning, automation and micro-services use-cases for consumer and business customers in the country.”

An overview of the solution delivered by Nokia:

  • Nokia AirFrame data center solution – allows service providers to benefit from the IT and open source domains to create a scalable and distributed cloud-based architecture. Nokia AirFrame supports Open Compute Project (OCP) and helps to bring down energy consumption and to improve cost-effectiveness.
  • Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) – include Mobile Core for Voice, with Cloud Packet Core, Subscriber Management Registers and Policy control on a cloud platform.
  • Nokia CloudBand – tames virtual infrastructure management complexity and cost while managing the lifecycles of virtual network functions.
  • Nokia NetAct – gives the service provider a consolidated view of multi-domain, multi-technology networks, which ensures the best network experience in the 5G era.
  • Nuage Networks from Nokia SDN solutions – enable data center network automation.
  • Nokia Professional services – would ensure a smooth migration from legacy core to Nokia’s virtualized core network.

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“We are excited to partner with Ooredoo Qatar to set up a 5G core network that is truly ‘cloud native’ from the ground up, not just an evolution of current core solutions,” said Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia. “Our solution supports all flavors of mobile access network technologies and enables our customers to bring new 5G services to market rapidly. The solution provides the low latency, high throughput and content-rich services that will support Ooredoo Qatar‘s business goals immediately and well into the future.”