Zain has launched its 5G commercial services in Saudi Arabia with the first phase of the rollout being implemented through a network of 2,000 towers. The launch follows the launch of 5G services in Kuwait and is the largest 5G network deployment in the region to date.
5G is regarded as a major global breakthrough in the field of digital technology. With its implementation in Saudi Arabia, it will help realize the digital transformation goals specified in the Saudi Vision 2030. Furthermore, the launch of the 5G services will speed up the roll-out of this advanced technology and its applications, offering high-speed mobile internet to users across the Kingdom.
The 5G service will provide prepaid and post-paid customers with high-speed internet connectivity 10x faster than the current 4G network. It will allow customers to utilize advanced digital solutions and technologies which include but are not limited to virtual and augmented reality, 3D printing and robotics.
Commenting on the significant milestone, Zain's vice chairman & group CEO , & Zain KSA's vice chairman, Bader Al Kharafi said, “5G will bring substantial change for the Kingdom’s telecom industry, creating new business models and unlocking opportunities for many sectors such as financial, ICT, agricultural, tourism, entertainment, automotive, health, education and public sectors, to name a few. The technology is also expected to contribute significantly to the country’s economy, creating thousands of new jobs.”
5G services will provide a great research opportunity for students and professionals in the artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) disciplines. It will open up new fronts for advancing various big data services in the Kingdom including Internet of things (IoT) and smart services such as self-driving vehicles and smart city grids.