According to a report by Trade Arabia, Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has teamed up with Novatel Wireless, a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions, to launch the country’s first commercial dual-carrier HSPA+ network. Utilising Novatel’s new ‘Ovation MC545’ modem, the HSPA+ network will give STC’s 3G subscribers access to transmission speeds of up to a theoretical maximum of 42Mbps; the network is currently available in eight cities across the Kingdom. Jameel Al Molhelm, vice president of STC’s personal business unit, commented: ‘Mobile broadband services are experiencing tremendous growth in the Saudi market. To meet the growing demand for faster mobile broadband services, STC has introduced DC HSPA+ technology in the Middle East for the first time and we are very proud to maintain our position as the market’s wireless technology pioneer’. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, STC reported 5.8 million 3G subscribers at end-September 2010.