Nokia & etisalat by e& Successfully Complete MEA’s First Cloud RAN Trial


Nokia and etisalat by e& (Etisalat) have proudly declared the successful completion of the first Cloud RAN trial in the MEA region. This trial, which utilized In-Line acceleration over Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) ProLiant DL110 Gen11, is a significant step towards enhancing the 5G experience for end users. It leverages etisalat by e&’s existing mid-band carrier in the n78 (3.5GHz) band over its 5G standalone network.

The accomplishment of an end-to-end Cloud RAN L3 data call showcases the adaptability of Nokia’s Cloud RAN solution using In-Line accelerator architecture. This achievement is a testament to Nokia’s anyRAN approach, which guarantees the feature performance consistency of Cloud RAN with purpose-built RAN, while offering operators more options to construct Cloud RAN networks. This project also signifies a major advancement in etisalat by e&’s cloudification aspirations.

The trial involved Nokia’s virtualized Distributed Unit (vDU) and virtualized Centralized Unit (vCU) on the HPE ProLiant DL110 Gen11 server. The use of In-Line acceleration offers unique advantages such as power efficiency, scalability, flexibility, feature parity, cloud nativeness, lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and ease of integration into any server and cloud environment.

Nokia’s anyRAN approach provides the capability to create virtualized networks with specific performance characteristics tailored to different applications’ needs. This will play a crucial role in boosting sustainability efforts for Industry 4.0, Enterprise and Private Networks. It will enrich Etisalat’s portfolio offering and further provide flexibility in their choice of cloud infrastructure software, hardware, and technology suppliers.

Marwan Bin Shakar, Senior Vice President of Access Network Development at etisalat by e&, said, “We are committed to technological innovations that directly impact our customers and pave the way for revolutionizing the industry. As part of our latest collaboration, Nokia’s Cloud RAN solution will enhance our 5G mobile broadband network by combining the power of cloud computing with the flexibility of radio access networks. It’s the first in the region and paves the way for enhanced connectivity and service delivery, ultimately providing end-users with a more robust and responsive 5G experience.”

Fernando Castro Cristin, VP and GM, Service Providers, OEM, and Telco at HPE, said, “We have been working with Nokia’s Open Innovation Lab in Dubai to demonstrate HPE ProLiant DL110 high-density Telco server supporting up to three Nokia RAN accelerator cards, all in a short depth 1U platform. By combining our strengths, we can offer a comprehensive and robust Cloud RAN solution that drives efficiency, performance, openness, and scale.”

Mark Atkinson, Head of RAN at Nokia, said, “This important trial with etisalat by e& highlights the maturity of our anyRAN approach using Cloud RAN with In-Line accelerator architecture. Nokia’s approach ensures performance consistency between Cloud RAN and purpose-built RAN and provides our customers with more choice and flexibility. Our solution will empower etisalat by e& to meet diverse market demands swiftly, delivering a future-proof 5G network that will enable innovative services through dynamic network slicing and automation.”

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