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Ericsson and Ooredoo partner to offer football fans 5G experiences at 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Ericsson and Ooredoo partner to offer football fans 5G experiences at 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

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Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar have partnered to ensure that hundreds of thousands of football fans from around the world will enjoy the best next-generation 5G connectivity experiences possible – inside several event stadiums and across the country – when Qatar hosts the FIFA World Cup from November to December 2022.

The two companies will provide network optimisation and event management and 5G connectivity in eight stadiums across six cities, as well as in dedicated fan zones, airports and places of attraction.

The partnership will see Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar managing 5G radio access network (RAN) operation performance across the network through Ericsson Managed Services solutions. In addition, football fans will be able to enjoy the connectivity experience benefits even sooner as Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson are also teaming up on event network management for a regional tournament in Qatar from 30 November to 18 December 2021.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, Deputy Group CEO and CEO, Ooredoo Qatar said: “Expectations are running high for the major football tournament in Qatar in 2022, making it ever more important for us to leverage the full potential of 5G. As a global pioneer of the fifth-generation technology, we aim to deliver seamless experiences to visitors as well as spectators and provide a highly digital, immersive and intelligent Qatar 2022 tournament experience to our subscribers. We are thrilled to partner with Ericsson in demonstrating the best of cellular technology and ensuring a world-class immersive experience at the most anticipated sporting event in the Middle East.”

Fadi Pharaon, President, Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said: “After equipping Qatar’s stadiums with the best-in-class Ericsson Radio System, we are thrilled to partner with Ooredoo to bring our sports event management and network operations expertise to Qatar. We look forward to power a fully 5G-enabled football tournament, leveraging the combination of extensive capacity, high speed and low latency that will enable us to deliver interactive, digital and immersive sporting experiences to football fans. Through our expertise and experience, we aspire to support our customers around the world to deliver exceptional, high-performance, digital and immersive fan experiences at major sporting events.”

With 5G delivering the capabilities for advanced and time-critical services at scale, combined with a strong demand for mobile sports applications, communications service providers now have a great opportunity to take the stadium experiences to the next level.

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