UAE telecoms operator Etisalat has joined forces with Chinese telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei to develop the framework and architecture for what they believe will be a markedly different network come 2020.
The joint initiative, called Network2020, is driven by technology advancements like virtualisation, software defined networks, ultra high speed networks and cloud, which the two firms believe will be the foundations for a more connected society.
In a joint statement, the companies said that end users will profit by having access to innovative new ICT services more rapidly and with the best reliability and quality.
Hatem Bamatraf, chief technology officer at Etisalat Group, explained: "By introducing initiatives such as Network2020, we hope to develop a network environment that will deliver a better, more connected world and enhance the experiences of all of our customers."
He added that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which took place at last week's Mobile World Congress, builds upon a long-standing partnership between the two firms in the field of research and development. It's a partnership which has enabled Etisalat to bring a number of technology firsts to the region, the statement read.
Alan Wang, president of Huawei Etisalat global key account, said the companies are constantly looking for ways to streamline network architecture, adding that in the new MoU they have identified technologies that "will foster more inspired communication services for the public over the next decade".
The two now plan to get to work on a framework of target network architecture and evolution in keeping with Network 2020 vision, which will comprise emerging technologies such as software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) and adaptation of open ICT standards across all layers of network, Gulf News reported.