Etisalat Group to move networks to the cloud

Alcatel-Lucent will deploy its virtualised radio network controller with the operator
Etisalat Group's Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Abdul Karim Julfar.
Etisalat Group's Chief Executive Officer, Ahmad Abdul Karim Julfar.

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Alcatel-Lucent has announced that it will deploy its virtualised radio network controller in Etisalat Group’s access network in both the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka.

The deployment will enable Etisalat to benefit from its RAN (Radio Access Network) operations afforded by NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation), lowering operational costs while meeting escalating demand for data from its subscribers, according to the vendor.

Under Etisalat’s network modernisation program, Alcatel-Lucent is initially deploying the 9771 Wireless Cloud Element Radio Network Controller (WCE) in Etisalat’s network in the UAE, following in Sri Lanka during 2015. Earlier this year Etisalat became the first operator to deploy the WCE platform, in Mobily’s Saudi Arabia network. 

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