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Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar poised to deliver 5G connectivity at Fifa World Cup in Qatar

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Telecommunications company Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar will provide football fans around the world with 5G connectivity—inside several event stadiums and across the country—when Qatar hosts the 2022 Fifa World Cup from November 2022 – December 2022.

Both companies will provide network optimisation and event management and 5G connectivity in eight stadiums across six cities, as well as in dedicated fan zones, airports, and places of attraction, Ericsson says.

The partnership will see Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar managing 5G radio access network (RAN) operation performance across the network through Ericsson Managed Services solutions.

Football fans will be able to enjoy connectivity in advance as Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson are teaming up for a regional tournament in Qatar from 30 November to 18 December 2021.

Ericsson says its 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 benefit from high-definition real-time interactivity and streaming experiences.

Ericsson Radio System products and solutions have been used in stadiums in other parts of the world to boost connectivity and increase capacity, Ericsson claims.

“Expectations are running high for the major football tournament in Qatar in 2022, making it ever 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,” Ooredoo Qatar deputy group chief executive officer and CEO Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani comments.

“After equipping Qatar’s stadiums with the 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,” Ericsson Middle East and Africa president Fadi Pharaon concludes.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 16 November 2021.

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