Zain Saudi Arabia deployed the region’s largest 5G network to date with 2,000 towers covering an area of more than 20 cities in the kingdom.
Zain Group said the towers form the first phase of its rollout in Saudi Arabia, which will be followed by a gradual expansion of the network to cover a total of 26 Saudi cities, utilising 2,600 towers by the end of 2019, serving its 8.3 million customers.
The Saudi operation follows the launch of its 5G services in Kuwait, which offer high-speed mobile internet connectivity to users across both countries that expected to be ten times faster than the current 4G on offer.
Zain signed a three-year deal with Nokia to the roll out its 5G network using the Finnish firm’s end-to-end portfolio.
“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,” said Zain Vice Chairman & Group CEO, & Zain KSA Vice Chairman, Bader Al Kharafi.
“The technology is also expected to contribute significantly to the country’s economy, creating thousands of new jobs.”
Zain KSA said it’s keen to offer 5G services to all business and individual clients through various service packages at competitive rates.
It added that 5G service will allow customers to utilise advanced digital solutions and technologies, including virtual and augmented reality, automated system operations, 3D printing, and robotics, in addition to entertainment content and video games.