Etisalat and Huawei in fibre connectivity deal

Etisalat Group, a leading telecoms operator in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, on Thursday announced the signing of a new agreement.

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Published: Fri 28 Feb 2014, 11:24 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:16 PM

The agreement will see the two companies for the first time in the region working together to trial ultra-fast 40Gbps GPON Technology across Etisalat’s footprint in the coming four years. Both the group’s outlined the roadmap for trialing a 40Gbps fiber network that can eventually offer more reliable, faster, and affordable broadband telecommunication services to households and businesses.

Etisalat teams up with Telefonica

ABU DHABI — Etisalat teamed up with Telefonica to provide world class LTE roaming experience to its customers at GSMA Mobile World Congress, or MWC this year.

Spain’s Telefonica, one of the largest mobile companies in the world, opened its LTE roaming network to selected partner operators as part of a technology trial of its high speed data services at the event. Etisalat delegates enjoyed a seamless roaming experience during MWC held from February 24 to 27.

The event attracts the largest number of attendees from the global mobile industry. This announcement is another example of the varied and close relationship between both companies, based on an existing strategic partnership since 2011. — Wam

The project is based on GPON (Gigabit Passive Optic Network) technology, which can provide the speed and bandwidth required for seamless services including voice over IP, high-speed Internet, and IPTV. Fiber GPON technology is emerging as the future of fixed networks given its scalability and compatibility with legacy infrastructure. GPON is the underlying core technology that is being already being deployed nationwide in countries like Singapore for their next generation Nationwide Broadband Network initiative.

“The future of the digital society remains a promising one as people, businesses and cities become more profoundly connected through vibrant information and communication technologies,” said Hatem Bamatraf, chief technology officer at Etisalat Group. “Etisalat Group remains committed to bringing its customers the latest and most advanced services. We have focused on constantly enhancing our networks, creating strong partnerships, and bringing innovative technologies to our markets.”


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