Zain, Nokia pilot Massive MIMO in Jeddah

5 Feb 2019

Zain KSA and Nokia have embarked on a Massive MIMO pilot over a TD-LTE network in the 2600MHz band in the city of Jeddah. The pilot uses Nokia’s 5G-ready AirScale Massive MIMO antenna to provide speeds of more than 700Mbps per user. Once the pilot is completed, the actual deployment will allow Zain to meet the growing demand for ultra-broadband services while deploying 5G-ready equipment. Abdulaziz Al Deghaither, CEO of Zain Saudi Arabia, said: ‘This pilot is a significant milestone in our journey towards 5G. The deployment of Massive MIMO helps us meet our customers’ evolving needs for the best experience even while using multiple bandwidth-hungry applications. As our longstanding partner, we are confident that Nokia’s proven expertise will allow us to provide innovative use cases to Zain KSA’s individual and enterprise customers.’

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