Etisalat to roll out the first open and autonomous network in MENA

Etisalat is building the region’s first open, autonomous and secured network.

Etisalat will use Cisco’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning automation to simplify its Emirates Internet Exchange (EMIX) operations with a set of innovative use cases.

The move will help pave the way for the efficient management of the huge quantities of data that will flow across Etisalat’s network as it ramps up its 5G mobile network offering.

The Chief Technology Officer of Etisalat, Haitham Abdulrazzak, said, “Advanced automation is at the heart of Etisalat’s strategy in every corner in the network.  It is critical to 5G success for improving operational efficiency and driving new services. We are focusing on service performance metrics and the real time experience of our customers with immediate and long-term benefits to transform our infrastructure and deliver the best-in-class customer experience.”

Network intelligence and refined analytics will improve operational decision making and reduce time-to-outcomes, as Etisalat expands the scope of its next generation networks.

On the other hand, the VP of Service Providers in EMEAR of Cisco, Adam MacHale, stated, “The next-generation networks that we’re driving supports our customers stay ahead of the curve and create new, ground-breaking experiences for their customers and end users for decades to come. We worked closely with Etisalat to realise their vision for open, autonomous and secure EMIX network that can proactively handle upcoming demands, improve operational decision making and reduce time-to-outcomes, to deliver the best-in-class customer experience.”