Ooredoo Group has signed frame supply agreements with Alcatel-Lucent and with Ericsson. The new agreements follow Ooredoo's strategy to enhance network performance across its global footprint, to deliver a superior online experience for customers and to provide the foundations for a new wave of ""smart"" services.

The agreement with Alcatel-Lucent is for five years and covers technology for ultra-broadband IP and transport networks. It will apply to Ooredoo businesses in Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Alcatel-Lucent will supply packet microwave, high bandwidth optical networking and IP routing platforms enabling Ooredoo to enhance its customers' experiences for rich communications, watching video entertainment from fixed/mobile devices and accessing cloud-based business applications. Alcatel-Lucent is also providing its professional services, including network management services.

The agreement with Ericsson covers 2G, 3G and 4G radio, core and transmissions equipment, small cells, mobile softswitching and evolved packet core, microwave transmission equipment and related implementation and integration services.

Ahmed Al Derbesti, COO, Ooredoo Group, said: ""This group frame agreement will allow us to benefit from Ericsson's latest hardware, software and services. It will allow us to differentiate our end user offering and will give us the competitive edge that we need.""

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