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Ooredoo Algeria migrates core network to Nokia cloud

By , ITWeb
Algeria , 27 Jan 2021

Algerian mobile network services provider Ooredoo Algeria has deployed Nokia’s cloud-native Core software to bolster its core network capacity and reliability as it prepares to deploy new services.

A statement released by the company details its investment in a cloud-based network “with near-zero-touch automation capabilities and high-level operational efficiencies.”

The deployment follows Nokia’s support to help Ooredoo Algeria deploy North Africa’s first cloud mobile gateway and facilitate the complete migration from the legacy core to Nokia’s cloud-native core network technology.

The latest deployment also marks the latest extension of Nokia’s footprint within the broader Ooredoo Group.

The statement continues: “Nokia’s Cloud Packet Core Cloud Mobile Gateway provides Ooredoo Algeria with a highly scalable and flexible architecture to rapidly launch a diverse services mix to its customers.”

“In addition, Nokia’s AirFrame cloud infrastructure allows Ooredoo Algeria to deliver telco applications that demand low latency and high speeds. Nokia professional services ensured a smooth migration of the legacy core to the new technology.”

Djillali Erouane, Technology Operational Director at Ooredoo Algeria, said: “With Nokia’s cloud-native core solution, we are able deliver the latest services, while better controlling our operational costs, and being positioned to deliver the type of innovation desired by our subscribers. Moving the core network to Nokia’s cloud solution can support industrial automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) when these technologies become available in the country.”

Raghav Sahgal, President of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, said: “We are pleased to be helping Ooredoo Algeria take the important step of preparing for the future of mobile experience. Moving its core network to the cloud gives Ooredoo Algeria tremendous automation capabilities in network management and the capacity to deliver a stronger customer experience in terms of both products and services.”

Operators warned

In May 2020 Algeria’s telecommunications industry regulator, the Post and Electronic Communications Regulatory Authority (ARPCE), warned mobile operators, including Ooredoo, to comply with 4G quality of service or face sanctions.

In a statement, ARPCE said that from 16 February to 12 March 2020, it assessed the coverage and quality of service of operators' 4G networks in the regions of Blida, Djelfa, Tlemcen, Adrar and Constantine.

During this period, the regulator said it was able to identify shortcomings in 4G.

ITWeb Africa has reported that Algeria is an important market for Ooredoo. At its AGM on 2 March 2020, the Group revealed it has become the first company in Algeria to offer 4G services to all 48 provinces. Its customer base was 12.6 million at the end of 2019 and it has installed 1,400 new technical sites across the country.

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