Etisalat and Ericsson have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a new collaboration at Mobile World Congress (MWC) which will enable a high-speed, responsive network, laying the foundation for next-generation infrastructure for m-government and smart city initiatives.
Through this collaboration, Etisalat Group will launch a test set of Ericsson innovative technologies such as LTE Broadcast, Ericsson Radio Dot System, and Ericsson’s heterogeneous network solutions.
“Over the years, Etisalat Group has demonstrated its ability to build and sustain the most advanced and innovative networks. Conducting such innovative trials is only the first step. This will pave the way for further collaborations and the eventual delivery of more advanced, reliable and faster broadband access to users across the region,” said Mr. Hatem Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer at Etisalat Group.
Etisalat will probably work together with Ericsson to roll out a mobile identity based service, and to explore opportunities for expanding these services across each of the countries Etisalat Group operates in. Mobile identity is a key foundation for m-government, m-commerce and m-health services. The service allows subscribers to use their mobile identity securely via a one-click sign in, giving access to diverse applications, government services and websites, without the risk of being data-mined by the various ID providers.
Together, Etisalat as well as Ericsson will probably support regional government initiatives with key enablers such as ubiquitous connectivity, citizen proximity (ensuring services are just one click away), ease of access (single sign on), and open platforms. The parties will work together to ensure that citizens have seamless access to services through the devices of their choice, without compromising on performance or user experience.
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