Nokia deployed centralised RAN technology for the first time commercially in the Middle East region, in collaboration with UAE telco, du. More than 25,000 music fans at du Arena in Abu Dhabi enjoyed close to 40% faster average uplink speeds, according to the figures released by the vendor.
The technology has been further said to have increased uplink traffic volume by 181% at the event, by improving network capacity.
Saleem AlBlooshi, EVP - network development and operations, du, said: "Working with Nokia to deploy its solutions such as centralised RAN helps us prepare for future bandwidth-intensive applications, while at the same time leverage our existing radio network investment."
"Concert audiences love to share their experiences, and this can put significant strain on mobile networks and phone battery life. We helped du improve its network capacity, meaning customers could upload more videos, photos and messages, a key factor in creating a memorable New Year's Eve experience," said Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia.