European comms giant strikes UAE deal

Nokia has signed an agreement with Etisalat UAE to deploy enterprise-based 5G private wireless across Abu Dhabi.

Verticals benefitting from the new connectivity will include ports, oil and gas, and government, according to a statement. The two companies will also facilitate “mobile edge computing, modular private wireless and digital automation cloud." The agreement also leverages Nokia’s Group Communications solution, which includes push-to-talk and push-to-video, as well as enterprise voice core.

A 5G private network, based on the Nokia DAC platform, has already been installed at Etisalat’s ‘innovation centre,’ located in the operator’s Abu Dhabi headquarters.

Speaking of the agreement, Etisalat UAE chief technology and information officer, Khalid Murshed, said: “We are committed to supporting the government's vision to accelerate digital transformation of businesses, so they can capture emerging opportunities. 5G private wireless networks will allow them to boost productivity, enhance operational efficiency, and grow revenue while improving customer experience."

Rima Manna, vice president of Middle East business at Nokia, said: Etisalat is a leader in innovation, and we look forward to collaborating on this initiative to help enterprises on their digital transformation journeys. This partnership will assist Etisalat in increasing revenue, while leveraging 5G spectrum and deployment.”

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