du taps Cisco to modernise and expand its IP core network

The telco seeks rapid transformation into a digital ICT service provider

The expanded capacity of du’s network will help in the further development of AI, smart city and IoT technologies.
The expanded capacity of du’s network will help in the further development of AI, smart city and IoT technologies.

UAE telco du has picked Cisco to help it transform quicker into a digital service provider.

In an announcement to coincide with the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the two companies said they will collaborate to build a future-proof network.

Demand for more bandwidth is rising exponentially as consumers and businesses embrace new digital applications, services and technologies. To meet this demand, du is replacing its existing IP core network with a scalable and 5G-ready infrastructure designed to reduce network complexity and enable it to become a more agile and flexible market player.

Saleem Al Blooshi, EITCs chief infrastructure officer, said 5G will play an important role in the realisation of the UAEs Vision 2021 of empowering the digital economy and driving Dubais transformation into a smart city. 5G is a phased approach and we will continue with trials until we officially launch it. With the deployment of a more scalable and agile network, we will be well-placed to support 5G, smart city services, the IoT and other new, innovative digital services, Al Blooshi added.

du selected Cisco IP core network to modernise, expand and complete a seamless migration to virtualised and native cloud architecture. The network modernisation will increase the capacity of the core network to 24 terabytes per node, making dus network ready for ultra-broadband services. This enables du to offer next-generation digital services in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (AR), in addition to other new applications and services made possible by 5G.

As both consumer and commercial 5G use cases gain traction, demand for mobile and ultra-fast broadband services continues to accelerate in the UAE. The expanded capacity of dus network will help stimulate local innovation, particularly around the application of artificial intelligence (AI), smart city and IoT technologies, while supporting the countrys vision for a data-driven future.

Ali Amer, Ciscos managing director of global service provider for Middle East and Africa, added: By working with Cisco, dus 5G-ready network will deliver a more virtual and far more scalable infrastructure that forms the foundation for future solutions and new business opportunities.

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