Mobily earmarks USD267m for 3G

25 May 2007

Saudi Arabia’s second largest cellco by subscribers, Mobily, has announced plans to award a contract worth USD267 million to unnamed vendors to expand its 3G/3.5G network, reports TMCnet. Mobily’s current UMTS/HSDPA infrastructure, built by Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei and launched in June 2006, covers 19 cities in the Kingdom. Mobily’s CEO Khaled Al-Kaf said the next phase of expansion would cover all other cities, but refused to give a timetable for the contract award or rollout. The company stated this week that around a million of its 6.2 million customers are 3G device users. Also this week Mobily introduced a new range of mobile internet packages, including an unlimited download offer for 2.5G, 3G and 3.5G network users.

Saudi Arabia, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat)