Mobily inks 5G MoU with Huawei

18 Oct 2018

Saudi Arabian mobile operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Chinese vendor Huawei, under which the two will collaborate on the introduction of 5G services in the Kingdom, the Saudi Gazette reports. The pair agreed to a five-year plan, dubbed ‘Network 2023,’ comprising an end-to-end network evaluation and evolution strategy to upgrade Mobily’s existing infrastructure. Huawei will assist Mobily with its upgrade to 5G, including network planning and ‘cloudifying’ Mobily’s network, as well as cooperating on IT and data centre strategy and planning. Mobily CTO Maziad Al-Harbi commented on the agreement, saying: ‘We are excited to combine forces with Huawei to ensure that Saudi Arabia remains at the forefront of the latest trends and technologies in 5G. Innovation is vital to enabling the Kingdom to transform into a digital country, and at Mobily we are committed to deploying the most advanced technologies to provide the people of Saudi Arabia with a high standard of living and a modern environment.’

Saudi Arabia, Huawei Technologies, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat)