Ooredoo chooses Huawei to build 5G networks in five countries



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While the US warns against using networking kit from the Chinese titan over alleged spying threats, the Middle East operator is doing the deployments its way.

The Ooredoo Group is dismissing alleged cybersecurity openings in Huawei networking kit by choosing it for five 5G deployments in developing markets.

The Qatar-headquartered telecom operator has chosen the Chinese supplier for 5G technology in the markets of Kuwait, Oman, Indonesia, Tunisia and the Maldives.

In response to security warnings raised by the US Trump administration, other more developed markets have been warned off from using Huawei kit. The UK government, for instance, says operators there will not use Huawei for core 5G systems, the government in Australia is boycotting Huawei altogether, and the Netherlands government took a similar stance to the UK beforehand.

Ooredoo however will make use of Huawei’s 5G Single RAN radio solution with advanced Massive MIMO technology, in addition to its 5G Cloud Core technologies. The operator has already turned on a 5G network in Kuwait and more of its 5G networks will go live throughout 2020.

The company also trialled 5G at the Education City Stadium in Doha, Qatar, during the FIFA World Club Cup football final last December.

In Qatar, the firm is using 5G technology from Nokia for its core systems and has also trialed kit from Ericsson. In Myanmar (once known as Burma), Ooredoo has partnered with Huawei rival ZTE on 5G development.

Waleed Al Sayed, deputy group chief executive officer and CEO of Ooredoo Qatar, said: “With Huawei’s leading 5G network solution, we will be able to improve our network’s operation efficiency and provide limitless opportunities to our customers.”

He said: “Users will enjoy a more streamlined and personalised experience and businesses will be empowered to develop the smart, connected cities of the future.”