Ericsson hosted the first LTE Towards 5G Forum for the Public Sector last week in Doha, where the telecommunications company highlighted how advanced technology can address the critical and diverse needs of the public sector in Qatar.
The forum was a networking platform for the various stakeholders in the public sector. The participants included Qatar Rail, Kahramaa, Ministry of Transport and Communication, Qatar Foundation, Communication Regulatory Authority, Lusail Smart City and Ministry of Interior.
“We are really impressed by the high number and level of participants from the public sector to attend the first Ericsson LTE Towards 5G Forum in Doha,” Rutger Reman, head of the industry and society unit at Ericsson's Middle East and East Africa region, told Gulf News Journal. “Most of the LTE and 5G events we have in the region usually address the needs of the mobile operators. This event was a customized version to address the critical and different needs of the public sector in Qatar.”
The central theme of the forum focused on LTE (long term evolution) and the looming 5G technologies across different industries. There was a general session in the morning regarding Ericsson’s offerings for the public sector and another session on the LTE evolution toward 5G. There were three parallel breakout sessions in the afternoon, which included LTE for transport and rail, LTE for utilities and LTE for public safety.
“The public sector plays an integral role in Qatar National Vision 2030, “Reman said. “The World Cup will happen six years from now and it’s clear to us that the different industries in Qatar have already realized the importance of embracing future-proof advanced technologies to serve not only the current needs but also the future needs of their end users.”
As a global leader in LTE, Ericsson has played a role in this technological transformation with around 50 percent of the mobile date traffic today passing through Ericsson equipment. Among the 100 biggest cities in the world, Ericsson has the highest LTE market share. Also, when it comes to 5G space, Ericsson has been the pioneer to invest in this next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards.
“During the last Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last February, Ericsson showed many demos around 5G across various industries.” Reman said. “From the connected car, remote surgery, remote controlled digger, connected bus stop and connected smart meter, all are concrete examples on how LTE and 5G are unleashing the power of the industries transformation.”
Ericcson is involved in many projects to improve the public sector of Qatar with its advanced technology solutions, and it is looking forward to kick off new initiatives according to their customer’s requirements.
“Besides our current ongoing engagements and proofs of concept of many advanced technologies with the public sector in Qatar, we got many questions from the customers during the forum on specific topics of interest, which we will follow up (on) in the coming period,” Reman said.
Ericsson, a world leader in communications technology and services, also celebrated its 140-year anniversary during the forum.
“At Ericsson, we consider ourselves one of the best ICT (information and communications technology) companies in many areas and aspects,” Reman said. “With 140 years of experience, we believe we can be the perfect partner towards a smart sustainable future for Qatar 2022 and beyond.”