STC Saudi Arabia Prepares for 5G

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has partnered with Ericsson for a major nationwide expansion of its 4G network in Saudi Arabia, including the deployment of LTE Advanced and Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) in Radio Access Network.

The network transformation is expected to spearhead STC’s drive to revolutionise mobile broadband-driven data experiences for its subscribers and open up new enterprise opportunities in IoT, while laying the groundwork for evolution to 5G.

The LTE Advanced expansion, which got underway in December 2017, includes the deployment of Ericsson’s 5G-ready baseband hardware in the network. LTE Advanced will be deployed in a new 700MHz band spectrum acquired by STC. It will increase STC network throughput in 4G/LTE by up to 50%  for smartphones.

As part of the digital transformation STC is also deploying Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) in RAN across its expanded network to drive and support enterprise IoT Ecosystem innovation and business opportunities. This includes Massive IoT applications for smart city purposes, such as metering, parking sensors, and connected cars.

Nasser Al Nasser, Group CEO at STC, said, “At STC, our main goal is to ensure that the country’s Saudi Vision 2030 ambitions are met. We do that by always making sure we offer our subscribers the latest innovative technologies. LTE Advanced and NB-IoT are exactly what we need to pave the way to 5G.”

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