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European vendor joins O-RAN Alliance

Written on Monday, 18 February 2019 12:10

Ericsson has joined the O-RAN Alliance, a group of leading telecom service providers and suppliers with the commitment to evolving radio access network (RAN) architecture and orchestration built on openness, intelligence, flexibility and performance.

As a member, the company will focus on the open interworking between RAN and network orchestration and automation, with emphasis on AI-enabled closed-loop automation and end-to-end optimization, to lower operating cost and improve end-user performance.

Ericsson will also focus on the upper-layer function as specified in 3GPP to provide interoperable multivendor profiles for specified interfaces between central RAN functions, resulting in faster deployment of 5G networks on a global scale.

Erik Ekudden, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: “Ericsson is a strong supporter of openness in the industry, and the benefits this has on global ecosystems and innovations. Our ambition is to actively support and drive discussions and developments around future RAN architectures and open interfaces. The O-RAN Alliance is an important coalition that creates an arena for these discussions, complementing other standardization and open-source initiatives in the industry which we are already active in.”

Ericsson has driven, and continues to drive, the industry towards open interfaces as part of its standardization work. The company is recognized as leaders in 3GPP and is actively contributing to several open-source communities including Linux, ONAP and OpenStack to secure open platforms useful for mobile networks.

The company’s engagement with the O-RAN Alliance is based on the future needs of mobile network service providers, and how networks must evolve to enable broad range of services with strong focus on quality, performance and security.

The O-RAN Alliance was formally formed at Mobile World Congress Shanghai on June 27, 2018 as a network operator-led effort to drive openness and intelligence in the RAN of next-generation wireless systems. At the end of 2018, the O-RAN Alliance was opened also for non-service providers to join.

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Huawei and neXgen join forces to make region’s cities smarter

Written on Saturday, 10 December 2016 06:19

A leading global ICT solutions provider and a leading Smart City advisory have forged an allegiance specifically aimed at making cities in the region smarter. Huawei and neXgen have officially announced their collaboration which has been agreed in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for Smart City technology in the Middle East.

It has been enabled though its strategic partnership with Zain Group, neXgen is the trusted advisor and managed service provider to some of the most forward-thinking governments and enterprises worldwide. The strategic alliance agreement was signed between Terry He, president, Enterprise Business Group, Huawei Middle East, and Ghazi Atallah, CEO of neXgen Group - in the presence of Zain Group CEO Scott Gegenheimer, and Huawei Middle East President, Charles Yang.

Both Huawei and neXgen will cooperate in the Smart City Go-to-Market (GTM) across the region with emphasis on markets within Zain’s footprint. The collaboration covers the design, release and marketing of joint Smart City solutions for smart districts and logistics, smart safety and security, and smart healthcare services. The agreement also covers cooperation in Smart Internet of things (IoT), and Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT) technologies.

“This strategic collaboration with Huawei, a global ICT leader, will bring readily deployable solutions for Smart Cities and Districts, enabling our clients across the region to leverage these innovative services in their digital transformation journey.  Delivering simple and effective services to our customers from our industry collaboration efforts is always our overarching goal,” said Ghazi Atallah, CEO of neXgen Group.

“This partnership is in line with our strategy to build an ecosystem that involves various industry players to enable an open, better connected world. This alliance allows us to capitalize on neXgen’s regional presence and know-how while addressing the ever-growing appetite for smart city solutions in Middle East,” said Mohamad Sharara, president of Zain Key Account Dept, Huawei ME.

Huawei comes with valuable experience in Smart City solutions, featuring the most extensive product line in the industry. Huawei has deployed Smart City solutions in over 100 cities in more than 30 countries worldwide, cooperating with over 1,100 technology providers and 800 services and system integrators.

neXgen Group specializes in extending smart city technology solutions as a service to governments, real estate and enterprise customers across the region and has been actively involved in flagship projects such as Smart Dubai and Smart Riyadh, contributing its regional consulting expertise and in-country Smart City managed services.

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