Subscribers to Ooredoo in Qatar have a new reason to celebrate as word of a new team effort recently arrived that meant great things for next generation communications in the area. The effort between Ooredoo Qatar and Nokia (News - Alert) means not only has 4.5G Pro technology been rolled out for some parts of Qatar's capital Doha, but that further refinements are set to follow and lead ultimately to gigabit access this year.
The move actually makes Ooredoo Qatar one of the first next generation communications operators on the planet to bring out 4.5G Pro access, and though it's on a rather limited scale, the results should likely still prove worthwhile. As a result, 4.5G Pro access is now not only available for the Doha Corniche, but also Katara and West Bay along with the artificial island known as The Pearl-Qatar.
Driven by some recent Nokia advances like the AirScale radio platform, as well as two component carrier aggregation systems—each packing 4x4 multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antenna systems as well as 256 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) systems—the system can now start reaching at least some customers.
Further, Ooredoo Qatar plans to engage in some spectrum acquisition later this year which will, if all goes as planned, allow the company to offer gigabit wireless service to users. It's all part of a set of scheduled upgrades to what's known as the Ooredoo Supernet, a development that encompasses all of Qatar. With Nokia's technology in hand, such operations—even those not in Qatar—can push onward to 5G launches, still slated for sometime in 2020.
Nokia's Bernard Najm, who runs the Middle East market unit, commented, “We are delighted to continue our long history of collaborating with Ooredoo on this deployment. We are showing how our customers can use our technology to deliver performance boosts in the most demanding areas as they evolve their networks on the path to 5G.”
It's a rational progression; as the technology becomes available, companies augment systems in order to deliver greater customer satisfaction. Failing to do so increases the likelihood that said customers will jump ship should a better deal ever come along; look what happened in the United States when Google (News - Alert) Fiber entered the market. Companies that seemed to take pleasure in thwarting customers formerly augmented systems to match what would have been offered.
Competition is a valuable thing in most any market, and Ooredoo Qatar is seeing as much first hand. That's great news for subscribers, and good news for Ooredoo itself, who can advance next generation communications and maintain its status as a major name in the field. Nokia also benefits, being the company that made it all possible to begin with.
Edited by Alicia Young