STC picks Ericsson for LTE

18 Feb 2010

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has awarded Ericsson a contract for the deployment of a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, Trade Arabia reports. ‘We are glad to start the deployment of the LTE technology so that all our customers will be the first in the Middle East and North Africa to benefit from the new chain of high speed broadband services,’ said Dr Ziad Al-Otaibi, network vice president of STC, adding: ‘We trust that this partnership with Ericsson will further enhance STC’s operational capabilities; our customers will feel the difference where they can effortlessly enjoy whatever service available online; HD video, network games, IPTV, blogging and others.’ Despite Al-Otaibi’s claims that STC’s LTE network will be the first in the region, CommsUpdate reported on 15 February 2010 that Zain had contracted Motorola to roll out an LTE network in Riyadh.

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