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Etisalat, Ericsson team up on ‘networked society’

UAE telco seeks robust network foundation for m-government, smart cities

Etisalat, Ericsson team up on ‘networked society’
Together, Etisalat and Ericsson will support regional government initiatives.

UAE telco Etisalat and Ericsson have signed a memorandum of understanding at Mobile World Congress (MWC) for collaboration on a high-speed network that is expected to form the foundation for m-government and smart city initiatives in the UAE.

Through the partnership, Etisalat will launch trials of Ericsson technologies such as LTE Broadcast, Ericsson Radio Dot System, and Ericsson's various network solutions.

"Over the years, Etisalat Group has demonstrated its ability to build and sustain the most advanced and innovative networks," said Hatem Bamatraf, chief technology officer, Etisalat Group. "Conducting such innovative trials is only the first step. This will pave the way for further collaborations and the eventual delivery of more advanced, reliable and faster broadband access to users across the region," he added.

Etisalat will collaborate with Ericsson to roll out a mobile identity-based service, and to explore opportunities for expanding these services across each of the countries Etisalat operates in. Mobile identity is a key foundation for m-government, m-commerce and m-health services. The technology allows subscribers to use their mobile identity securely via a one-click sign-in, giving access to a range of applications, government services and websites. 

Together, Etisalat and Ericsson will support regional government initiatives with key enablers such as ubiquitous connectivity, citizen proximity (ensuring services are just one click away), ease of access (single sign-on), and open platforms.

"Innovative experiences must be delivered to our customers anywhere," said Khalifa Al Shamsi, chief digital services officer, Etisalat Group. "For that, we are always looking for the latest technologies that enable the most advanced customer experience. Enabling the Networked Society across our network will support m-government initiatives.

"Over the years, partnerships with Ericsson have placed Etisalat at the forefront of deploying leading technologies, guiding us to enable the Networked Society."

"Our collaboration with Etisalat Group will help bring the reality of a Networked Society even closer to realisation, as individuals across the region benefit from seamless connectivity," said Anders Lindblad, president, Ericsson Middle East. "It is collaborations such as these that will carry us forward into a more connected future, where technologies are deployed to build more robust, reliable networks to enable superior user experiences."

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