Nokia, Zain Saudi deploying ‘FastMile’ in underserved areas

30 Oct 2017

Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia are deploying Nokia’s FastMile technology to improve in-house coverage and provide ultra-fast mobile broadband speeds to end-users by cost effectively re-using an existing macro network infrastructure. The deployment follows a successful trial of the technology which recorded downlink speeds of 20Mbps and provided seamless 4G macro network coverage to reach users located in a challenging environment (rural locations and suburban areas with no fibre or copper networks). The trial was conducted on Zain’s 1800MHz FDD-LTE network with Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. Zain Saudi’s CTO Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither commented: ‘We are enthusiastic about the success of the Nokia FastMile trial and the subsequent deployment of the technology, which will help us address the problem of poor in-house coverage and provide a much-improved user experience.’

Saudi Arabia, Nokia Networks (formerly NSN), Zain Saudi Arabia