Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 72 | Page 62

INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Mobile Technology

Nokia and Nedaa to explore 5G network slicing for smart city and public safety use

Nokia has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU ) with Nedaa , the security network provider of the Dubai government . The MoU will explore opportunities to upgrade Nedaa ’ s telecommunications network across Radio Access Networks ( RAN ) and core by leveraging 5G technology with Nokia ’ s innovative technologies . 5G network with end-to-end slicing functionality will help Nedaa deliver improved public safety and Smart City services to concerned organisations and citizens , as well as lay the foundations for more advanced services such as Metaverse .

Nedaa ’ s network already utilises Nokia ’ s infrastructure and can support many of the requirements for mission-critical networks . However , with the introduction of 5G , Nedaa will be able to support enhanced services for public safety and management of vital operations , such as immersive applications for first responders , connected and automated vehicles , video surveillance and remote control as well as manage thousands of connected devices , sensors and IoT applications .
The MoU sets a framework for upgrading the existing network capabilities and introducing agile and advanced services to government organisations , based on secure and reliable networks . One of the key elements is 5G network slicing – which will help Nedaa provide segmentrelated solutions for different industries , including oil and gas , transport and other government organisations . The MoU also lays the foundation for identifying the most appropriate 5G use cases for capturing new opportunities and monetisation .
Nokia will also carry out a technology competence development programme covering training and knowledge transfer to Nedaa employees . Nokia will expand its state-of-the-art Integrated Operations Center ( IOC ) as the integration and enablement layer for all 5G use cases , including Industry 4.0 , Smart City and public safety applications with a path to future services such as the Metaverse .
H . E Mansoor Bu Osaiba at Nedaa , said : “ Nokia is a global technology leader and our long-standing and trusted partner . We are now looking forward to leveraging Nokia ’ s proven 5G expertise to help us maximise the benefits of the technology upgradation and to provide innovative services to our users . Our efforts to upgrade our networks to nextgeneration network capabilities pave the way for futuristic services .”
“ Security providers across the world are adopting 5G technology to improve their services ,” added Kamal Ballout , Head of Enterprise , CHIMEA , Nokia . “ Network slicing is an exciting addition to the capabilities of 5G networks , enabling critical communication customers in different industry sectors to benefit from dedicated virtual network slices that enable secure , high-performance , private wireless connectivity . We are excited to continue our long-standing collaboration with Nedaa to help them leverage 5G technology for enhanced communication services and superior user experience .” p
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