Nokia and Ooredoo Tunisia prepare the transition to 5G

Nokia announced that Ooredoo Tunisia would install the Nokia AirGile core and cloud services to power its existing 2G / 3G / 4G network to prepare for the transition to 5G.

Ooredoo Tunisia is the country’s leading mobile operator with 8.8 million subscribers and a 40% market share. The use of data, with the exception of voice subscribers, has more than doubled in the last four years and is projected to triple by 2025 – mainly because of the adoption of the smartphone and the use of video, with a five-fold increase since 2015.

The new virtualized core infrastructure will leverage the scalability, automation, and agility that cloud-based native network solutions offer to reduce operational costs; increase network responsiveness to the growing demand for data and video and accelerate the development of new services for Tunisian consumer and business markets. The cloud-based mobile core will make services more affordable and responsive to demand, both in terms of capacity and delivering innovative services to subscribers more quickly.

“Deploying the cloud-native mobile core from Nokia is about preparing Ooredoo to meet future customer demands. It will enable us to be more agile in our response to their needs for everything from video capacity to VoLTE services. And it will enable us to offer them advanced 5G services such as support for industrial automation and IoT as these exciting technologies come to the Tunisian market.” Said, Hatem Mestiri, CTO for Ooredoo Tunisia.

Pierre Chaume, Head of the North and West Africa Market Unit at Nokia, added, “Ooredoo Tunisia is a pioneer in North Africa in moving its core network to the cloud. It will streamline and automate its operations, enable Ooredoo to use software development to speed new services to market, and make it far more responsive to the needs of its consumer and enterprise customers. By also preparing for the transition to 5G, the steps that Ooredoo Tunisia is taking to modernize its network will ensure that it continues to lead in the delivery of advanced services to the Tunisian market.”