Ooredoo ties up with CommScope to ease wireless networks building

Telecom Lead Middle East: Ooredoo, a mobile service provider in Middle East, has tied up with CommScope to improve installation quality and on-going network performance and reduce deployment time during wireless networks building.

By jointly developing a new approach to building wireless networks, Ooredoo’s operating companies will be able to seamlessly roll-out 3G and 4G LTE networks, and the next generation of communications technology.

Paul Salmon, group CTO, Ooredoo, said: “Ooredoo is embarking on a radical plan to upgrade network sites as part of our mission to stimulate human growth.”

The compact design of the tower top solution enables enhanced network performance while reducing maintenance and labour expenses.

In addition, by pre-assembling and pre-testing the tower tops in a quality controlled environment, there is less scope for problems in the construction phase, and the standardised design ensures identical tower top construction across all sites in all markets, making future upgrades simplified for the global Group.

Pre-assembly of the tower tops reduces the installation time by approximately 50 percent, leading to safer working conditions for installation staff and reduced network downtime for customers.

In addition, by installing the radio equipment on tower tops instead of the typical large air-conditioned shelters, Ooredoo expects to halve electricity costs in a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly solution.

The tower top solution will become Ooredoo’s standard cell site design across its markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, in line with the company’s network modernization strategy of upgrading or replacing 15,000 of its base stations over the coming years.

The two companies have developed factory-assembled tower tops for base station remote radios, which are pre-assembled according to a single global design standard.

The aim of the tower top development is to create and maintain a future-ready network that is radio vendor agnostic, and does not require significant on-site remote radio modifications for future upgrades.

Ooredoo and CommScope’s tower top solution helps ensure that building cell sites is done right the first time. The pre-assembled tower tops provide better network capacity, reduces installation time and on-going electricity consumption, and frees-up valuable space at the top of the tower.

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