Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar have strengthened their partnership to deploy 4+0 carrier aggregation microwave hops to boost bandwidth ahead of the FIFA Football World Cup 2022. Ericsson’s high-capacity, 4+0 MINI-LINK carrier aggregation is expected to enhance user experience across the country.
The deployment is to promote Ooredoo’s network able to handle the likely surge of users and devices connected to it during football matches.
Ericsson’s 4+0 MINI-LINK 6365 carrier aggregation will provide a two-fold capacity improvement to the network, significantly improving the 5G experience for Ooredoo subscribers in Qatar.
The implementation will bring multi-gigabit speeds, increased network capacity, and exceptional mobile broadband connectivity. Ericsson’s MINI-LINK CA will enable faster and more reliable deployment of 5G with complete flexibility and consistent user throughput. The reduced power consumption and equipment footprint, and carbon footprint will also be minimized.
Users will get 5G experience across stadiums
Günther Ottendorfer, Chief Technology and Infrastructure Officer at Ooredoo Qatar, says: “Our latest collaboration with Ericsson on deploying 4+0 MINI-LINK carrier aggregation will enhance 5G user experience across stadiums in the country and will seamlessly bring high-capacity connectivity to users at sports events in Qatar. With the world’s most anticipated football event drawing nearer, we look forward to providing the best connectivity to our subscribers during the event to experience immersive and unforgettable tournaments.”
Kevin Murphy, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Levant Countries and Global Customer Unit Ooredoo Group at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “Ericsson’s MINI-LINK carrier aggregation is key to a full 5G experience, and we are confident in its ability to meet the increased demands for high-quality connectivity during the major sports event in Qatar. Deploying MINI-LINK carrier aggregation 4+0 links will enable much faster and more reliable deployment of 5G for Ooredoo Qatar while facilitating several new and exciting use cases throughout the event season.”
Ericsson has been Ooredoo Qatar’s partner for Radio Access Network (RAN) and 5G indoor solutions to prepare a world-class network for upcoming tournaments in the country. The first microwave phase with 4+0 MINI-LINK carrier aggregation deployment was completed in Q1 2022. Further rollouts are planned for the second and third quarters of 2022.