Mobily and Nokia sign key AI and ICT agreement in KSA

Published: 7 March 2020 - 10:10 a.m.

Saudi Arabia’s mobile network operator, Mobily, has signed a new agreement with Nokia, to provide a range of next generation network technologies in the Kingdom.

The deal is in line with Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to benefit society by driving digital transformation and the digital economy.

“Together with Nokia, we are working to achieve an advanced ICT infrastructure to boost digital economy across the Kingdom, by taking the economy to the next level. The deployment is set to enable further innovation and digitalisation with new applications and services,” said Eng. Alaa Malki, Chief Technology Officer at Mobily.

Nokia will support Mobily's infrastructure with a wide range of products and services from its 5G end-to-end portfolio, including radio access, IP routing, optical networking, and software, as well as the Nokia service delivery platform, in order to build an ultra-high bandwidth and low-latency network. In addition, the network capacity will be maximized using massive MIMO antennas, whilst an expansion of Mobily’s backhaul capabilities will prepare it for a rapid increase for the network capacity.

The ultra-high bandwidth, low-latency network will enable numerous benefits to Mobily’s subscribers as well as public and private sector customers, including manufacturing, oil and gas, healthcare, education, transport and entertainment, by enabling the use of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“We are excited to be extending our partnership with Mobily, adding next-generation ICT technologies onto an already strong layer of 4G infrastructure to drive digitalisation. This project will allow Mobily and its customers to reap the benefits of advanced ICT technologies and deliver on the aims of Saudi Vision 2030,” said Amr K. El Leithy, head of the Middle East and Africa Market at Nokia.

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