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Nokia Networks joins hands with du to develop 5G

Agreement signed to leverage their combined expertise and enhance cooperation and testing

Multinational data networking and telecommunications equipment company Nokia Networks and UAE-based telecom service provider du have conducted Middle East’s first 10Gbps live 5G demo at GITEX Technology Week 2015 in Dubai.

The groundbreaking move comes after both the firms signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share a strategic vision for the development and evolution of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).

The agreement was signed by Farid Faraidooni, Chief Operations Officer at du, and Danny Atme, Head of Market Unit, Lower Gulf, Iran and Pakistan (LGIP), Nokia Networks.

Both parties agreed to leverage their combined expertise and to enhance their cooperation and testing of future-ready 5G technology.

The MoU will also include collaboration and consulting in terms of the introduction and trial of Nokia Networks small cells, Centralized RAN, multi-vendor Self-Organizing Networks (SON) and IoT, as well as the evolution to telco cloud and Heterogeneous Networks (HetNets), according to officials.

“We are very pleased to show a next generation 5G prototype in cooperation with Nokia Networks at GITEX Technology Week and to continue leading the development of future technologies for the benefit of our industry and society as a whole. Given the complexity of the evolution to 5G, Nokia Networks’ strong portfolio, innovation capabilities and a clear roadmap are key to a successful journey,” says Saleem Blooshi, Executive Vice-President of Network Development and Operations at du.

Tony Awad, Head of the du Customer Team at Nokia Networks, says that the agreement reinforces the leadership of du and Nokia Networks in promoting and delivering innovative technologies.

“We’re collaborating to share our experience, skills and expertise to accelerate developments in 5G and IoT technologies, and the network’s evolution. This is yet another step forward towards Nokia’s vision of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world,” adds Awad.

5G technology is projected to drive growth in many industry sectors as its network speeds reach as high as 10Gbps and have extremely low latency – this would support new applications that use massive broadband capabilities.

The Middle East’s biggest technology show, GITEX Technology Week, opened in Dubai on October 18.

Held at the Dubai World trade Centre, the event, which has the theme of “The Internet Future of Everything”, is expected to attract more than 130,000 technology experts and professionals from around the world.

This year’s GITEX Technology Week will feature the next generation of Future Cities technology solutions in drones, robotics, 3D printing, and transportation.

The event will also host key figures including the Prime Minister of Estonia, ICT ministers from Egypt, Kenya, and Nigeria, and senior executives from Accenture, BP, Boeing, and Facebook. GITEX Technology Week 2015 will end on October 22.