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Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson extend their partnership to deploy 4+0 carrier aggregation microwave hops as Qatar gears up to host the world’s most anticipated football tournament in Q4 2022. This first live deployment globally of Ericsson’s high-capacity, 4+0 MINI-LINK carrier aggregation will improve the 5G user experience across the country.

Günther Ottendorfer, chief technology and infrastructure officer at Ooredoo Qatar, said, “Our latest collaboration with Ericsson on deploying 4+0 MINI-LINK carrier aggregation will enhance 5G user experience across stadiums in the country and will seamlessly bring high-capacity connectivity to users at sports events in Qatar. With the world’s most anticipated football event drawing nearer, we look forward to providing the best connectivity to our subscribers during the event to experience immersive and unforgettable tournaments.”

Delivering multi-gigabit speeds, increased capacity, and exceptional mobile broadband connectivity, Ericsson’s MINI-LINK carrier aggregation will enable faster and reliable deployment of 5G with full deployment flexibility and uncompromised user throughput. Through reduced power consumption and reduced equipment footprint, the carrier aggregation software also helps reduce carbon footprint and tower load.

Kevin Murphy, vice president and head of Ericsson Levant countries and global customer unit Ooredoo Group at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said, “Ericsson’s MINI-LINK carrier aggregation is key to a full 5G experience, and we are confident in its ability to meet the increased demands for high-quality connectivity during the major sports event in Qatar. Deploying MINI-LINK carrier aggregation 4+0 links will enable a much faster and reliable deployment of 5G for Ooredoo Qatar while also facilitating several new and exciting use cases throughout the event season.”

The first phase of microwave with 4+0 MINI-LINK carrier aggregation deployment was completed in the first quarter of 2022, with further rollouts planned for the second and third quarters of this year.

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