Nokia and Vodafone Qatar partner for core network modernization using Nokia's NFV
As part of the partnership, Nokia will provide care services for five years and managed services for 20 months.
Nokia and Vodafone Qatar are expanding their long-standing partnership with the deployment of Nokia virtualized applications, to meet growing high-quality voice and data demands of customers living in and visiting Qatar.
The modernization of the network will provide increased capacity, scalability, flexibility and performance in the delivery of services such as high-definition Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to Vodafone Qatar's more than 1.4 million mobile subscribers.
Nokia told that the implementation covers the deployment of the Nokia's network functions virtualization (NFV) including the following solutions from Nokia:
- Circuit Switched Core voice network
- Subscriber Data Management solution
- IP Multimedia Subsystem Core products
- Smart Plan Suite software
- NetAct virtualized network management system
- Authentication, Authorization and Accounting software
- Cloud Signaling Director
- CloudBand NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) software
- Nokia cloud wise services
"We are working with Nokia to deploy virtualized core network capabilities that will enable us to provide world-class services. Our aim is to deliver superior customer services leveraging this 'Telco over Cloud core' network," commented Ramy Boctor, Chief Technology Officer, Vodafone Qatar.
"We are pleased to continue a long-standing relationship working with Vodafone Qatar on this Telco over cloud core modernization project. With a history of proven deployments in the field, we are able to leverage our breadth of cloud core capabilities and services expertise to deliver a network that will deliver new flexibilities in the delivery of services such as VoLTE," stated Deon Geyser, head of South Africa and Vodafone (SAV) Market Unit at Nokia.
The first test call was completed in March 2018 and Nokia will complete the deployment in 2019. As part of the partnership, Nokia will provide care services for five years and managed services for 20 months.