Nokia inks MoUs with STC, Zain to develop 5G, IoT technologies

7 Mar 2017

Nokia and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the development of 5G and Internet of Things (IoT). Under the deal, Nokia and STC will carry out trials of technologies such as 4.5G Pro and 4.9G, key steps on the path to 5G to build the capacity and throughput speeds needed for new applications. Eng. Nasser Al Nasser, Senior Vice President for Technology & Operations at STC, said: ‘Our mission is to enrich our society by introducing pioneering services to the people in the Kingdom, and we are proud to enter into this MoU with our long-term partner Nokia to achieve this mission. We aim to bring the first commercial 5G network to the Gulf region, and we are confident that Nokia’s innovations toward the development of 5G technologies and IoT use cases, and their trials around the world, will provide a clear path for this.’

In related news, Nokia has inked a similar MoU with Saudi operator Zain, under which the duo will combine their expertise to develop use cases, requirements and deployment scenarios for 5G technologies. Peter Kaliaropoulos of Zain Saudi Arabia, said: ‘With this MoU, we are now taking this strong partnership [with Nokia] to the next level, evolving toward building the next-generation 5G networks. We are confident again that in this journey we will mark many more industry-firsts, which will enable us to play our role in the digital transformation of the country toward the knowledge based economy.’

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