Ericsson and Ooredoo Partner on 5G Solutions for 2022 UEFA World Cup

Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar are partnering to ensure that football fans from around the world will enjoy the best 5G connectivity experiences possible at the 2022 World Cup. They are developing new and advanced solutions that will be set inside several event stadiums and across the country.

The partners will provide network optimization and event management and 5G connectivity in eight stadiums across six cities, as well as in dedicated fan zones, airports, and places of attraction. The partnership will see Ericsson and Ooredoo managing 5G radio access network (RAN) operation performance across the network through Ericsson Managed Services solutions.

Football fans will be able to enjoy the connectivity experience benefits even sooner as the partners are also teaming up on event network management for a regional tournament in Qatar from 30 November to 18 December 2021. Ericsson and Ooredoo’s ongoing 5G-focused nationwide network modernization is enabling Ooredoo Qatar to swiftly deploy new technology towards the goal of nationwide 5G coverage.

The strengthened Ericsson-powered RAN network will enable Ooredoo Qatar to offer and facilitate fan use cases based on enhanced mobile broadband, with very high network speeds, low latency, and large data capacity. Fans will be able to enjoy high-definition real-time interactivity and streaming experiences.

“Expectations are running high for the major football tournament in Qatar in 2022, making it even more important for us to leverage the full potential of 5G. As a global pioneer of the fifth generation technology, we aim to deliver seamless experiences to visitors as well as spectators and provide a highly digital, immersive, and intelligent Qatar 2022 tournament experience to our subscribers,” says Sheik Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Qatar.

“After equipping Qatar’s stadiums with the best-in-class Ericsson Radio System, we are thrilled to partner with Ooredoo to bring our sports event management and network operations expertise to Qatar. We look forward to power a fully 5G-enabled football tournament, leveraging the combination of extensive capacity, high speed, and low latency that will enable us to deliver interactive, digital, and immersive sporting experiences to football fans,” added Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa.

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