Nokia today announced that it has successfully completed a mmWave technology trial in Mobily’s live 5G commercial network in Saudi Arabia’s capital city, Riyadh. The trial achieved the highest throughput at a site in prince Mohamad bin Abdulaziz street (Tahlya street) in Riyadh, a high-density area in the heart of the capital.
The findings from the trial, which used Nokia’s mmWave AirScale technology, will provide Mobily with a critical competitive advantage to address the growing network capacity demand in busy locations such as stadiums, malls and industrial areas.
5G mmWave radio’s high throughput and low latency qualities offer Mobily’s private customers immersive experiences such as online gaming, while enabling new use cases for enterprises such as Industry 4.0 and smart cities. It can also help deliver fast, reliable and cost-efficient connectivity to rural and often underserved areas.
Alaa Malki, CTO, at Mobily, said: “We are committed to proving world-class, pioneering services to our customers by bringing the latest innovations to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This successful trial with Nokia is testament to our continued efforts in this direction, and the highest throughput achieved in the trial allows us to deliver high-capacity wireless broadband access to our subscribers in high-density areas.”
Tareq Khalaf, Customer Team Head of Mobily, at Nokia, said: “Extreme network capacity and speed are essential to enable new 5G services in densified locations. We are proud to have collaborated with Mobily on the evolution of its 5G network through this mmWave trial, achieving the highest speed for them to enable innovative 5G services in busy locations for people and businesses.”
In January 2021, Nokia and Mobily successfully piloted 4G and 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) network slicing on their live commercial network – the first sliced FWA deployment in the world. Continued accomplishments between the two companies are in line with Vision 2030 to further contribute toward accelerating the digital economy of Saudi Arabia while providing world-class experience for Mobily’s customers.
About Etihad Etisalat (Mobily)
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) is a Saudi company launched commercially in May 2005. Mobily provides integrated services for three main sectors, individuals, businesses, and carriers. It has one of the largest wireless networks by coverage in Saudi Arabia as well as the region, and one of the widest FTTH networks, in addition to one of the largest data center systems worldwide. Mobily has been listed on Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul stock exchange since 2004. Major shareholders are Etisalat Emirates Group (27.99%) and the General Organization for Social Insurance (6.9%). The remaining shares are owned by institutional and retail investors.
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