Du taps Cisco for a 5G-ready IP core network

Du retail storeUAE-based telco du has selected Cisco IP core network to modernize, expand and complete a migration to virtualised and native cloud architecture.

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The network modernization will increase the capacity of the core network to 24 terabytes per node, making du’s network ready for ultra-broadband services. This enables du to offer next-generation digital services pertaining to augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (AR) and other new services on 5G platform.

As part of the telecom deal, du is replacing its existing IP core network with a scalable and 5G-ready infrastructure that will reduce network complexity and enable it to become a more agile and flexible market player.

Saleem Al Blooshi, EITC’s chief infrastructure officer, said: “du is supporting the realisation of the UAE’s Vision 2021 by driving Dubai’s transformation into a smart city. 5G is going to play an important role in that.”

The expanded capacity of du’s network will help stimulate local innovation, particularly around the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), smart city and IoT technologies, while supporting the country’s vision for a data-driven future.