STC launches LTE-A in Saudi Arabia

11 Feb 2014

Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the country’s leading mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has launched what it claims is the country’s first Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) network, local news agency Ameinfo reports. Khalid Al Biyari, STC Group’s senior vice president for Technology and Operations, said: ‘STC’s LTE-A network investments aim at enriching the company’s customer experience and consolidating its leadership in the Saudi market … We expect these network developments will continue until [STC] can provide data rates of 1Gbps.’

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, STC launched its commercial 4G LTE mobile broadband network in September 2011, and by October 2013 coverage had been expanded to 76.1% of the population (around 7,000 sites). Going forward, the firm aims to achieve coverage of 90% of the population by end-2014.

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