Ericsson, Ooredoo partner for World Cup 2022 5G
November 16, 2021
Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar are partnering to ensure that hundreds of thousands of football fans from around the world will have access to next-gen 5G connectivity experiences possible – inside several event stadiums and across the country – when Qatar hosts the football World Cup in November and December 2022.
The partners 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.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of 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 of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, added: “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.”