Etisalat UAE (e&) has announced the successful deployment and testing of 5G Portable Private Network MEC (Multi-access Edge Computing) functionality in collaboration with Huawei Technologies.
As part of the Stand-Alone 5G and MEC commercialization program and enables etisalat by e& will offer a 5G-based replacement for traditional VPN, enhancing remote work experiences (reach workspaces anywhere, anytime) for UAE companies.
Remote work and long-distance learning represent global trends with significant implications for accessibility, network reliability and user experience. Urban and rural communities also depend on highly accessible networks for high-speed connectivity to public resources, from health care to social services. Both accessible and convenient, a 5G Portable Private Network solution enables seamless switching between public and private networks to accelerate data delivery and boost security for services in every area of the economy.
According to Khaled Al Suwaidi, SVP/Core Networks and Platforms of etisalat by e&,
“This deployment and testing will play a crucial role in providing a seamless experience for consumers and enterprises by enabling new and innovative 5G services in public safety, gaming, education and healthcare among others. This is in line with our long term vision to ramp up digital services, elevate a digital-first lifestyle at the same time enable the digital transformation of governments, large enterprises and corporates. The partnership with Huawei Technologies and our investments in stand alone 5G earlier this year has supported our vision to enable and empower the enterprise digitalisation ecosystem enabler and facilitator.”
Gavin Wang, Head of Etisalat Key Account of Huawei Technologies said:
“Huawei is pleased to be an entrusted 5G SA vendor of etisalat by e& and to be able to demonstrate what this latest 3GPP Rel-16 technology has to offer. We are proud to continue supporting etisalat by e& to realise its digital transformation objectives and, in particular, its vision to bring the best in smart connectivity and innovative digitalised solutions to its customers.”
Traditional networks exchange data back and forth across the Internet and face various problems. Moreover, remote users typically encounter latencies and bandwidth limitations that impede processing and cause delays and interruptions. Remote access using 5G Portable Private Network avoids the time-consuming detour through the Internet and eliminates those latencies and performance drawbacks. Once a 5G Portable Private Network is in place, remote end users can seamlessly access corporate intranets from anywhere, at any point in time.
They can enjoy increased reliability and excellent online experiences because they can avoid repeated logins, connection latencies and data risks. These users also have the freedom to use their personal devices for improved, faster connections, enhancing productivity while protecting data exchanges.
Technology offers a plethora of benefits for students and faculty in education. For example, unlike the expense related to opening individual Portable Private Network accounts and associated vulnerabilities, students who use a mobile Portable Private Network no longer require authorisation.
Since the 5G Portable Private Network dedicated network is interconnected with the institution’s network, these users can depend on airtight security via the campus intranet to perform a multitude of tasks remotely.
These include accessing online teaching applications, checking exam results, choosing classes and conducting research. These sessions eliminate repeated logins allowing students and teachers to seamlessly switch between the Internet and internal networks.
Etisalat Group has changed its brand identity to e&, effective on February 2022. Its strategy aims to accelerate growth through the creation of a resilient business model represented by Group’s main business pillars.
The telecoms business currently continues to be led by etisalat by e& in the Group’s home market and e& international markets, upholding the Group’s rich telecoms heritage, bolstering the strong telecoms network and maximising value for the Group’s various customer segments.