Batelco, Bahrain’s leading telecom operator, have signed an MoU with Ericsson to collaborate on the development of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) use cases.
As per the MoU, Batelco and Ericsson intends to drive innovation and early IoT applications on 5G mobile network technology based on the market requirements in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Under this agreement, Batelco and Ericsson will at first collaborate to recognize and develop PoC (Proof of concept) of possible 5G use cases to meet the needs of industries in Bahrain, with requirements and deployment scenarios.
Batelco and Ericsson will also collaborate on use cases for different industry verticals and will implement narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) for massive machine-type communication while advancing cloud architecture to enable 5G and NB-IoT technologies. They will further evaluate performance and applicability of potential 5G key technology components such as 5G capable radio technology and 5G Plug-in software in the existing 4G networks.
Ericsson 5G Radio Prototypes are the first products designed to enable operators to conduct live field trials in their own networks. Ericsson enables operators to move beyond the 5G hype of lab-based speed tests and gain a greater understanding of the potential for 5G in their own network environments and markets.
Commenting on the partnership Eng. Al Hashemi said, “It is part of our commitment to people and industries in Bahrain to continuously upgrade our platforms for offering cutting edge technology and creating new possibilities.Through this collaboration with our trusted partner, Ericsson, we aim to step ahead in to the future of the connected devices as a technology leader and empower the transformation of our industries and society.“
“As 5G technology expands and evolves over the coming years, collaboration amongst the industry players is key to set the foundation for the Networked Society, where anything that can benefit from a connection, will be connected,” said Ericsson Middle East and Africa President Rafiah Ibrahim.
”We are happy to collaborate with our partner Batelco to empower people, business and society in Bahrain to pave the way for advanced and innovative technologies that 5G will enable,” she added.
Batelco was the first mobile network operator to launch LTE in Bahrain in December 2011. Today Batelco also provides LTE-Advanced and VoLTE services to users in Bahrain.