Zain Saudi Arabia has expanded the footprint of its 5G network with the deployment of 5G services in the cities of Qurayyat, Ras Tanura and Tabarjal, bringing the total number of cities covered to 38. Zain KSA’s CEO Bin Abdulaziz Al Deghaither said: ‘The company is particularly keen on covering all the Kingdom’s regions without exception with its 5G network in a way that contributes to endorsing development at the economic, social and knowledge levels. Zain KSA’s 5G services will certainly unlock new prospects for these regions, enabling us to provide residents and citizens with tools for innovation and development, and to support the wise leadership’s efforts aiming towards achieving economic diversification and increasing the competitiveness of the national economy.’
Zain launched commercial 5G services in October 2019, with the first phase of the rollout being implemented through a network of 2,000 towers that covered an area of more than 20 cities in the Kingdom. By the end of December 2019, the company had 2,600 5G towers in operation, covering 26 cities. In August 2020 the cellco introduced carrier aggregation (CA) in its 5G network (covering 35 cities at the time), enabling speeds of 2.4Gbps.