du and Nokia extend 5G cooperation
Joint initiative will apply 5G NR technology to connect industrial and smart cities and IoT applications
Du and Nokia have partnered to trial 3GPP standardised 5G New Radio non-standalone technology, and subsequently deploy live 5G sites in selected areas in the UAE.
The trials in live network aim to achieve up to 5 Gbps throughput, a kind of high throughput and ultra-low latency that will enable extreme broadband for industrial applications and use-cases such as augmented reality, virtual reality, e-health, machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and critical communications to enable smart cities and internet of things (IoT) and other bandwidth hungry applications.
This collaboration aims to test available 5G-ready products from Nokia including its AirScale radio platform and Massive MIMO Antenna based on 3GPP Rel. 15 New Radio non-standalone architecture. In addition, it aims to leverage Nokia’s recently announced state-of-the-art chipset ReefShark for the evolution of du’s network to provide the 5G network of the future.
Saleem Al Blooshi, EITC’s chief infrastructure officer, said the company’s collaboration with Nokia to develop 5G technology goes back to 2015, and the telco will work with Nokia to launch 5G era later this year. “As EITC group brands, both du and Virgin Mobile customers will eventually benefit from this development. This announcement takes du and virgin mobile customers closer to the 5G era,” Al Blooshi added.
du and Nokia signed an MoU on 5G partnership in Oct 2015 and showcased 10 Gbps speed using mmWave band. The two companies successfully tested Nokia’s TWDM-PON technology to achieve 40 Gbps in Dec 2016. They also demonstrated Middle East's first 4K 3D 360 virtual reality video streaming using 5G-ready network with massive MIMO technology at GITEX in Oct 2016, showcased 5G industrial robot and live streaming using Nokia OZO camera at GITEX in Oct 2017, and trialled Nokia’s Software Defined Access Network (SDAN) that establishes the foundation essentials for 5G.