Dubai-based operator du has signed a partnership with Huawei to build out what the two companies call the Middle East's most advanced mobile broadband network.
In a statement, the firms said that the network would be benefit from an evolutionary architecture, which would provide better user experiences for customers. The memorandum of understanding - signed by Marwan BinShakar, vice president of Mobile Access Networks at du, and Ying Weimin, president of R&D Wireless Networks at Huawei - outlines a three-year wireless network insight project for the vendor to assist du in the development of its next-generation mobile broadband network.
As part of the deal, Huawei will lead on network insight that will oversee the flow of du's business operations and provide technical and service support. Huawei's focus will fall within four key pillars of operation - network insight, user behaviour analysis, user migration analysis, and spectrum and network evolution recommendations.
"This MOU with Huawei outlines our commitment to offer the fastest, most reliable and technologically innovative Mobile Broadband connectivity services for our consumers in the UAE," said BinShaker.
"We are witnessing the exponential rise in data usage, and to ensure that our customers continue to experience great service we need to remain at the forefront of technology. As our strategic partner, Huawei has showcased its capability in partnering with us to shape the evolution roadmap for our network and has implemented multi-layer network solutions across the world."
The explosive growth of consumer data usage has led many telecom operators to explore the expansion of their mobile broadband networks to include technologies that can accommodate LTE-Advanced, 4.5G and 5G capabilities. The next generation of networks are currently being developed to serve data requirements.
"To address the challenges brought about by an ever-expanding mobile ecosystem, networks must become both broader and smarter," said Weimin.
"du has clearly made that a priority for their customers and will be able to leverage our expertise to develop an intuitive network enhanced with the very latest Huawei innovations. Building on our longstanding cooperation with du, Huawei is committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions to help evolve to a future of endless mobile possibilities."
du and Huawei have collaborated on a number of projects over the past few years. Last year, the two companies successfully completed field testing for LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation between the 800MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands, with the aim of providing greater speed, indoor coverage and reliability to mobile subscribers across the UAE.