Mobily hits one million user mark: announces expansion plan and new offers

23 Aug 2005

Saudi Arabia’s second GSM mobile operator Mobily says it has signed up a million subscribers to its network since launching services on 25 May 2005, and announced plans to expand its network across the Kingdom and introduce new services. In a press conference held at the Jeddah Hilton, the operator said its meteoric performance in just three months of operations had exceeded all its projections. Mobily has already deployed more than 1,200 base stations covering 32 cities – beating the target of 14 set down under the terms of its licence – and says it hopes to boost coverage to 90% of the population by the end of the year. The cellco is working with Alcatel, Motorola and Ericsson to complete the second phase of expansion, rolling out a further 2,200 base stations and towers. In addition, Mobily, which also has a national roaming agreement in place with STC, says it has launched MMS, LBS and GPRS services to attract users to its network and has promised to introduce more as its network reach grows.

Saudi Arabia, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat)