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Ooredoo and National Bank of Oman develop new mobile wallet

Written on Monday, 27 January 2020 09:59

Taking payments to a whole new level, Ooredoo, together with the National Bank of Oman (NBO), has introduced pay+, a new mobile wallet. Fast, simple and secure, pay+ enables customers to make a wide range of transactions from a single app on their smartphone. Whether it be payments, deposits, transfers, or withdrawals, daily financial tasks just got a lot easier. The state-of-the-art service is part of Ooredoo’s commitment to enriching customers’ digital lives.

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Ooredoo announced that the company has reached another world-first milestone, with the delivery of the first live 5G home broadband devices.

The devices, which are currently being tested on Ooredoo’s 5G network before distribution, will work on both the Ooredoo 4G and 5G network and can achieve speeds of up to 2 Gbps, that’s 20 times the speeds of Ooredoo’s 100Mbps fibre.

With an Ooredoo 5G connection via the 5G home broadband device, Ooredoo customers will be able to download movies in seconds, seamlessly stream VR gaming experiences and video call like never before.

The company has announced that currently there are only a few 5G home broadband devices in the world, however Ooredoo is working to acquire more stock in the very near future.  As commercial production increases alongside the 5G roll-out, Ooredoo will aim to ensure Qatar is the first country to enable this next-generation technology for its customers.

Talking about the milestone, Waleed Al Sayed, Ooredoo’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Ooredoo is ecstatic to announce that last night, we became the first in the world to have a live commercial 5G home broadband device. This is another amazing world-first milestone for Ooredoo and Qatar and demonstrates that we are on track to offering 5G mega speeds for everyone in the very near future. I look forward to seeing how this technology will benefit all sectors in Qatar, from businesses, to education and beyond.”

Since the announcement of the first live 5G network in May 2018, Ooredoo has begun an intense 5G network roll-out plan across Qatar, with the aim to update 100 network stations to 5G, in the 3.5GHz spectrum band, within the next three months. 

The current live 5G sites, which include West Bay and Katara, have demonstrated an impressive speed of 2.51 Gbps with an extremely high throughput and low latency. Thanks to these results, Ooredoo is working to find 5G compatible devices from across the world to test them on the network, including next-generation Internet of Things applications such as smart cars, VR, AR and drones. 

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Ooredoo reaffirms its commitment to reduce digital inequality

Written on Tuesday, 26 September 2017 11:34

Ooredoo was recognized for its commitment to reduce digital inequality in the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development’s ‘The State of Broadband 2017: Broadband Catalyzing Sustainable Development’ report. Ooredoo’s commitment to reduce digital inequality stems from its core mission to make the internet accessible and enjoyable for everyone, the company said in a release.

According to the report, while 48 percent of the global population is now online, some 3.9 billion people still do not have internet access, with the digital gap growing between developed and developing countries. In addition, only 76 percent of the world’s population lives within access of a 3G signal, and only 43 percent of people within access of a 4G connection.

“The report shines a crucial light on the ongoing global challenge to help people across the world access the life-changing benefits of internet access,” said Sheikh Saud Bin Nasser Al Thani, Group CEO at Ooredoo.

“At Ooredoo, we continue to invest in mobile technology, people and resources that enable our communities – in particular underserved women and youth – to enjoy the internet and use it as a means to improve their lives and achieve their full potential,” he added.

“As we deploy the power of digital technology to give people access to the services and support they need, we urge governments, operators and regulators to continue working closely together to address the deepening digital inequality in global connectivity.”

Ooredoo’s commitment to digital equality is highlighted in the report with several examples of the Qatar-based operator’s efforts to harness broadband for sustainable development.

The examples include Ooredoo Myanmar’s mAgri app Site Phyo, an app that provides farmers with localized weather information and best practices for growing and maintaining specific crops;  and Ooredoo Maldives Smart Campus, an end-to-end solution for distance education offered in partnership with Microsoft, which enables educators to maintain their curriculums online.

The report also highlights Indosat Ooredoo’s Indonesia Belajar, a digital education program that aims to use technology to help make education more available and accessible for children across Indonesia.

Delivery of this commitment rests on Ooredoo maintaining cutting-edge mobile technology across its global footprint, in both developed and developing markets. As such, Ooredoo has continued to invest in 5G-ready networks and in 2016, completed network modernization programs across all of the 10 countries it operates in. 

Issued annually, ‘The State of Broadband’ report is a unique global snapshot of broadband network access and affordability, with country-by-country data measuring broadband access against key advocacy targets set by the Commission in 2011.

The report also examines global trends in broadband connectivity and technologies, reflects on policy and regulatory developments, as well as the applications of broadband for sustainable development. It also presents several policy recommendations.

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Swedish telecoms provider Telia Carrier has added another operator to its dedicated Internet of Things (IoT) Backbone. Global communications company Ooredoo has chosen Telia Carrier to provide IoT backhaul connectivity to Ericsson's DCP platforms in Europe.

"Ooredoo is positioning itself as a leading Internet of Things provider across our regional footprint, offering the advanced solutions and powerful networks that enable businesses to launch a full range of smart services," said Khalid Abdulla Al Mansouri, acting Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Global Services. "Working with technology leaders like Telia Carrier ensures that our customers benefit from the security, reliability and flexibility they need to fully realize the benefits of this exciting new technology."

Telia Carrier's IoT backbone connects operators' IoT traffic directly to device management platforms in a single network hop. It is built on IPX architecture to segregate IoT traffic from the public Internet. This creates a secure transport layer and enables the CoS and QoS parameters required to meet the availability, latency and reliability demands of critical IoT applications.

"Ooredoo is emerging as a leader in the smart city space", says Matthew Jones, Head of Mobile Solutions for Telia Carrier. "By connecting them directly to Ericsson's Device Connectivity Platform, we can deliver the security and reliability they need to earn their customers' trust. And trust is one of the foundations that smart cities will be built on.

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The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium announced the completion of the 20,000-kilometer subsea cable infrastructure developed by a 16-nation consortium. The SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system, spanning over 16 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, is a technological breakthrough which marks a global communications milestone. It is designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs, fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable’s advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia, providing the lowest latency and further enhancing the network diversity and resilience to the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route. In contrast with other submarine cable systems, the SEA-ME-WE 5’s main endpoints are carrier-neutral/open Points-of-Presence (PoPs) and not just Cable Landing Stations (CLS).

Eric Handa, CEO of APTelecom said in a recent industry discussion regarding new submarine fiber systems: “With the advent of increased telecommunication needs in the emerging markets, in particular the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the SEA-WE-ME 5 cable system will enable and support the tele-density increases and overall growth aspects of video, voice, data, and advanced technologies for the Gulf State communities, as well as ASEAN.”

It seems like only yesterday when Singtel completed the landing of the SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea cable at Tuas, Singapore, marking a major step towards its completion by the end of 2016.

Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel recently said: “As a multi-regional data superhighway, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable provides a sevenfold capacity increase along the corridor connecting Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe. It will further boost the digital economy as it is ready to meet the anticipated data traffic of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, analytics and cloud services.”

“With our data centers in Singapore, our global customers can gain access to an enhanced network for managed services and cyber security solutions. The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable is a significant communications backbone that reinforces Singapore’s position as a global business and info communications hub.”

“The completion of the SE-ME-WE 5 project is a landmark system upgrade for all data users worldwide. This system facilitates a new age of digital transformation and innovation, catalyzing greater economic activities, trade and growth across three continents,” noted Linette Lee, Chairperson, SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium Management Committee. “I would like to thank all the members of the consortium for their unstinting support and commitment toward this project. Together, we collaborated across different time zones and overcame numerous challenges to achieve the complex integration of technologies as promised and on time.”

Members of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Cable consortium include:

Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Mobile International (CMI), China Telecom Global (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Djibouti Telecom (DT), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Ooredoo, Orange, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel), Sparkle, Sri  Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telecom Egypt (TE), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), TeleYemen, Turk Telekom International (TTI) and Trans World Associates (Pvt) Limited Pakistan (TWA).

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Nokia and Ooredoo Qatar have successfully demonstrated how 5G technology can deliver extreme broadband speeds of 10 Gbps and reduced latency of just 1 millisecond, reiterating the operator's contribution to Qatar National Vision 2030 goal to boost the knowledge-based economy. The 5G speed and latency was demonstrated with two different applications - the streaming of virtual reality content and use of industrial robots.

The demonstration at Ooredoo's headquarters used the 5G-ready Nokia AirScale radio platform and Nokia AirFrame servers to showcase 3D 360 degree virtual reality (VR) streaming of content created with the Nokia OZO VR camera, providing a fully immersive VR experience for visitors.

In the demonstration, the 400 MHz bandwidth in the 4.5 GHZ frequency and Multiple Input Multiple Output (8x8 MIMO) technology with eight receiving antennas and eight transmitting antennas were used to improve network speed and capacity.

In the virtual reality streaming demonstration, the 5G-ready AirScale transmitted ultra-high-definition video smoothly without buffering due to high throughput and reduced latency. In the demonstration of industrial robots using 5G, three robots were given a simple task of balancing a ball over a platform, and the robots took just a fraction of the second to do that. The robots connected to the 5G-ready network were able to communicate with each other in real-time to perform the task as required due to reduced latency and high-speed network.

This kind of performance is critical for use cases including augmented reality, virtual reality, e-education, e-health, industrial applications, machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and critical communications - it will be key in the near future to enable smart cities with IoT.

"For Qatar National Day, we wanted to celebrate the achievements of Qatar's founders and also look forward to the future, at the new accomplishments that the people of Qatar will realize,” said Waleed Al Sayed, chief executive officer of Ooredoo Qatar. “This demonstration shows not only the speed and latency of 5G networks, but also the types of solutions and technology that will become available in Qatar as we become a truly 'smart nation'."

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Ooredoo to deploy Ericsson billing system across all operations

Written on Wednesday, 09 November 2016 06:01

Ericsson has signed a five-year contract with Ooredoo Group to implement its Revenue Manager charging and billing system across the Group’s footprint in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, starting with Indosat Ooredoo, its largest operation, in November, followed by deployment across its other operations in 2016 and 2017.

According to Ericsson, the new system will enable Ooredoo to offer its customers the products they need more quickly and to tailor pricing, packages and services according to customer demand in each market.

“Ooredoo Group companies will enjoy a single, converged platform that enables them to handle all their users and services, regardless of payment option or access method,” Ericsson says. “The solution will be gradually deployed across all Ooredoo operations and will enable them to bring new offers for telecommunication services to market in minutes, rather than months.”

Ericsson describes Revenue Manager as “a cloud-ready convergent charging and billing system that redefines the role of business support systems (BSS) … [making] innovation fast and efficient, and [opening] the door to easier digital services creation that spans beyond telecom and integrates partners from different industries.”

Ericsson says the deployment of its software and cloud technologies will also support Ooredoo’s ongoing digital business transformation, enabling Ooredoo to realize significant cost savings by replacing its existing systems and local agreements with “a pioneering new group-wide license model.”

“The cloud-ready Ericsson Revenue Manager will provide Ooredoo with a number of advantages as it updates its product portfolio and drives the development of digital innovation across its markets,” Ericsson says. “The simple configuration reduces dependency on technical departments, makes it easier and faster to launch new services, and helps future-proof operations against changing demands from customers and technological disruption.”

Ooredoo Group deputy CEO, Waleed Al Sayed, said: “Across our footprint, Ooredoo is aiming for data experience leadership, and placing renewed emphasis on empowering our customers and giving them the services they need when they need them. Through this agreement with Ericsson, we will enable every Ooredoo operation to deliver fast, customer-oriented offers and launch new data products and services that support our growing portfolio of digital services and enables the growth of the ‘Internet of Things’.”

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Ooredoo Myanmar achieves “record breaking growth”

Written on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 09:13

Ooredoo Myanmar has announced “recording-breaking growth” with the addition of 1.3 million customers in the second quarter of 2016, taking the total number of users on its network to 8.2 million, 2.4 million of which were added in the first six months of 2016. The company also told the Myanmar Times that the number of 4G users had passed the half million mark.

The CEO of Ooredoo Myanmar, Mr. Rene Meza, said investments had passed the $US2.0 billion in the first half of 2016 and the company was on track to have more than 4500 base stations by the end of 2016, connected by some 13,000kms of optic fiber cables.

Meza confirmed that Ooredoo would continue to procure additional spectrum as the Government releases it, in order to continue to roll out the 4G network.

According to the Myanmar Times the Ministry of Transport and Communications is planning to auction 40MHz on the 2600MHz band starting October 17. Details of the auction were announced on July 25 and expressions of interest closed on August 9.

Meza would not confirm that the company would be bidding, and the Myanmar Times noted that “Both Ooredoo [Myanmar] and [rival operator] Telenor are eager to see lower-spectrum bands like the 1800MHz made available, as these are better able to penetrate walls and more suitable to expand coverage. Bands like the 2600MHz require a greater density of tower sites, which is challenge in urban areas.”

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Ooredoo just launched its new 1Gbps Fibre plan, the fastest fibre service available in Qatar, as the company continues to upgrade its nationwide Ooredoo Supernet. Thanks to Ooredoo launching 1Gbps Fibre, Qatar has become one of only 10 countries in the world able to provide this fastest-ever Fibre connection for homes.

With the new fibre connection, customers can download a 30 minute 4K quality movie in three minutes and a two hour HD movie in two minutes. Households can expect to see a smoother and faster experience for all users, as the speed will enable more people to enjoy being connected to the internet at the same time.

Ooredoo announced this historic achievement at a special VIP event in Doha, where Waleed Al Sayed, chief executive officer, Ooredoo Qatar, presented the incredible speeds of the service for the first time. In addition, the company premiered its all-new Platinum Homezone service, which provides comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage for large villas.

Waleed Al Sayed said: “Ooredoo continues to set new records with our big, fast network, and our on-going investment in our state-of-the-art Fibre network means that our customers can enjoy incredible 1Gbps Fibre speeds for the first time.”

“We are one of the first operators in the world to launch 1Gbps Fibre home services and the very first in Qatar. Ooredoo believes in future-proofing our network, and we continue to strive to bring our country the latest technology first,” he added.

To celebrate the launch, every customer who upgrades their current Fibre plan to the new breakthrough 1Gbps plan will get two months at no extra charge, before they start to pay the standard monthly price of QR 1,900. While only compatible devices will be able to access speeds of up to 1Gbps, customers using the 1Gbps plan will be able to deploy more devices to their full potential in their homes.

As well as the 1Gbps Fibre launch, Ooredoo announced the launch of the luxury ‘Platinum HomeZone’ – a first-of-its-kind service that offers full Wi-Fi internet coverage for customers with large villas and mansions.

By providing additional internet points for Ooredoo customers with large houses or estates, Ooredoo ensures that Wi-Fi connectivity is strong and consistent throughout the entire home, as well as across outdoor spaces. Customers can even enjoy Wi-Fi coverage in their gardens and swimming pools by deploying the service.  

The Platinum HomeZone is custom-made for each house and customer’s needs, and works in all settings, providing strong signals even when faced with stubborn internet conductor materials such as marble or oak.

The service has been designed in cooperation with HPE Aruba and GBM, and ensures that customers can access the Ooredoo Supernet at top speeds across their homes. HPE Aruba provides smart networking infrastructures to customers who are looking for faster reliable network performance and easier yet secure access. GBM will act as Ooredoo's service partner to ensure trouble free installation and operation.

Waleed Al Sayed said: “Ooredoo is striving to introduce new services and products that fully meet the needs of our customers. We heard from our VIP customers that they wanted comprehensive Wi-Fi coverage in their villas, and have partnered with companies who can deliver the additional hardware and ensure it blends seamlessly into their home environments. Again, we are showing our ambition to be the leading technology provider for homes and businesses in Qatar.”

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Qatari telecom operator Ooredoo recently announced the completion of a major Supernet upgrade, adding the new Category 9 LTE-Advanced standard to its mobile network, which brings multiple 4G frequencies together to support download speeds of up to 325Mbps for customers.

The mobile network upgrade, which is part of the on-going Ooredoo Supernet enhancement programme, will be available for all customers who have compatible devices at no extra cost.

A range of leading mobile devices can utilize this advanced speed, including the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Ooredoo’s Netgear My-Fi device. With the upgrade, customers will be able to enjoy browsing speeds of up to 45 percent more than the current 4G LTE.

“We are making huge strides to provide the best possible customer experience on our Supernet, with superfast browsing speeds,” said Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar.

“Since the launch of the Ooredoo Supernet, we have continued to deploy world-class technologies so that Qatar can be positioned among the leading countries in the world for network performance,” Al Sayed added.

“We are laying the foundations for a future-proof network, ready to deliver the fastest speeds. In addition, this new standard will reduce pressure on our 4G network, improving performance for a wide range of customers.”

This major mobile network upgrade is set to free significant bandwidth for the company, as more high capacity users enjoy this boosted Supernet standard. Ooredoo is confident that overall 4G performance will improve even further as more compatible mobile devices come onto the market.

Ooredoo continues to enhance and upgrade the Ooredoo Supernet as part of its vision to make Qatar the best-connected country. Its evolutionary approach to the Ooredoo Supernet, which sees the company continue to introduce cutting-edge technology and expand capacity, delivers a superior experience, and a bigger network every month.

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