Nokia and Vodafone to modernize Vodafone Qatar’s core network using Nokia virtualized applications. The purpose is to meet the growing high-quality voice and data demands of customers living in and visiting Qatar.

The modernization of the network will provide increased capacity, scalability, flexibility and performance in the delivery of services such as high-definition Voice over LTE (VoLTE). This will cater Vodafone Qatar’s more than 1.4 million mobile subscribers.

Nokia began deployment in November 2017, leveraging its hardware, NFV applications and global services expertise. The first test call was completed in March 2018 and Nokia will complete the deployment in 2019. As part of the agreement, Nokia will provide care services for five years and managed services for 20 months.

Ramy Boctor, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Qatar, said: “We are working with Nokia to deploy virtualized core network capabilities that will enable us to provide world-class services. Our aim is to deliver superior customer services leveraging this ‘Telco over Cloud core’ network.”

Deon Geyser, head of South Africa and Vodafone (SAV) Market Unit at Nokia, said: “We are pleased to continue a long-standing relationship working with Vodafone Qatar on this Telco over cloud core modernization project. With a history of proven deployments in the field, we are able to leverage our breadth of cloud core capabilities and services expertise to deliver a network that will deliver new flexibilities in the delivery of services such as VoLTE.”

Here are the key points:

  • Modernization increases flexibility and capacity to meet growing subscriber demands, while enabling delivery of high-definition voice and data services such as VoLTE
  • Uses Nokia’s network functions virtualization (NFV) applications, including Circuit Switched voice core, Subscriber Data Management and IMS
  • Implementation leverages Nokia cloud wise services

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