Zain Saudi Arabia and Nokia to launch 5G

Zain Saudi Arabia (Zain KSA) is bringing unprecedented change to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the roll out of its 5G network using Nokia’s end-to-end portfolio.

Under a three-year deal, thousands of 5G sites are being deployed bringing faster speeds and higher quality across its networks to support a renaissance in services for both the industrial sector and consumers.

As well as enhancing mobile broadband services in the Kingdom, the ultra-high bandwidth and low-latency 5G network will enable new applications and services for advanced industrial automation, improved education, healthcare, entertainment, and more.

Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, CEO, Zain KSA said, “Zain Saudi is a pioneer in introducing next-gen telecoms services and with this 5G deployment we continue that tradition as we will launch a wide range of new applications and services for our customers.”

Amr K. El Leithy, head of the Middle East and Africa market at Nokia said, “We are committed to transforming the service experience for Zain’s customers and enhancing industrial productivity by enabling extreme broadband services.This contract, which includes 5G RAN, backhaul, security and services, demonstrates the breadth of our full-portfolio strengths and depth of global expertise in deploying these next-generation projects.”

The deal introduces 5G using 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz, along with massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (mMIMO) to deliver enhanced network capacity, coverage, and improved downlink and uplink speeds. In addition, the deal will introduce E-Band microwave in certain areas to allow for ultra-high-capacity backhaul networks.

 

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