Mobily inks multi-vendor agreements to upgrade mobile network

14 Aug 2017

Saudi telecoms operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has inked three three-year framework agreements with equipment vendors Nokia, Huawei and Ericsson to modernise its mobile network. The implementation of these agreements will allow Mobily ‘to renew a significant part of its mobile infrastructure and extend it, provide advanced technology to cope with current and future customer needs and better optimise its future network capital and operating expenditure,’ the company said in a press release. The operator said that the required funding will be provided by the company’s cash flows and available facilities; over the three-year period, the aggregate amount could reach a total of SAR2.4 billion (USD639 million).

Elsewhere, the country’s three incumbent mobile network operators (MNOs) – Saudi Telecommunication Company (STC), Mobily and Zain – were allowed to reopen their flagship offices in Riyadh, after signing agreements vowing to implement new customer protection regulations. Last week the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) temporarily suspended services in the trio’s Riyadh offices due to ‘violation of consumer protection rights’.