Agreement between Ooredoo and CERT to carry out 5G technology compliance measurements
24/02/2021 21:06, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The implementation of 5G technology conformity measurements of the private operator "Ooredoo", according to international standards, was the focus of a partnership agreement with the Research and Studies Telecommunications Center (CERT).

This agreement is part of the technical preparations undertaken by the private operator following the obtaining of authorisation from the Ministry of Communication Technologies for the deployment of a 5G pilot network in Tunisia.

Ooredoo successfully completed its first 5G network test (a speed of 2.2 Gbps) in Tunisia in 2020 in cooperation with Multinational Nokia, the 5G provider, according to a press release from the operator.

The collaboration will help the company to validate the technical provisions necessary for the success of this project and will promote the implementation of the pilot project.

CERT, a public company, under the supervision of the Ministry of Communication Technologies, will monitor the conformity of 5G equipment and terminals and the quality of service evaluation measurement campaigns in the pilot installations.

It will also assess the exposure to electromagnetic fields radiated by the 5G pilot sites and validate the radiation pattern of 5G active antennas and radio measurements.

These missions will be carried out in close collaboration between CERT experts and the Ooredoo technical teams in charge of the project.

The objective is to confirm the optimal parameters and configurations to be used on the 5G network once deployed in Tunisia.

This project, based on a collaborative approach with the parties concerned, will be the subject of several collaborative initiatives with public and private actors in order to develop the ecosystem of this technology in Tunisia, the company specified.

Minister of Communication Technologies, Mohamed Fadhel Kraiem said, on October 27, 2020, that his department plans to prepare the specifications relating to the use of 5G technology, (fifth generation of mobile telephony), in 2021.

"According to the initial results of a study prepared by an international research firm under the auspices of the National Telecommunications Authority, the launch of 5G services is only possible from 2022," he said, in a statement to the press on the sidelines of the opening of the Tunisia Digital Summit (October 27-28, 2020).

"After the launch of the specifications, by the end of 2021, pilot experiments will be conducted by the three telephone operators "Tunisie Télecom", "Ooredoo" and "Orange", the minister said.

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