du and Cisco have announced a collaboration at the MWC 2018 to build a future-proof network to support du’s rapid transformation into a digital service provider.
du has selected Cisco IP core network to modernise, expand and complete a seamless migration to virtualised and native cloud architecture. The network modernisation will increase the capacity of the core network to 24 terabytes per node, making du’s network ready for ultra-broadband services. This is aimed at enabling du to offer next-generation digital services pertaining to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (AR), in addition to other new applications and services made possible by 5G.
Saleem Al Blooshi, EITC’s chief infrastructure officer, said: “du is already supporting the realisation of the UAE’s Vision 2021 by empowering the digital economy and driving Dubai’s transformation into a smart city.
“5G is going to play an important role in that. 5G is a phased approach and we will continue with trials until we officially launch it. With the deployment of a more scalable and agile network, we will be well-placed to support 5G, smart city services, the IoT and other new, innovative digital services.”
The expanded capacity will help stimulate local innovation, particularly around the application of AI, smart city and IoT technologies, while supporting the country’s vision for a data-driven future.
Ali Amer, Cisco’s MD of global service provider for MEA, added: “By working with Cisco, du’s 5G-ready network will deliver a more virtual and far more scalable infrastructure that forms the foundation for future solutions and new business opportunities.”