Nokia, Zain KSA expand 5G strategic partnership

6 Jan 2021

Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia have announced an expansion of their strategic 5G partnership with the rollout of 60,000 FastMile 5G Gateway 3.1 with eSIM across Saudi Arabia over the next twelve months. Nokia FastMile 5G gateways take advantage of the company’s self-optimising mesh Wi-Fi 6 solution for real time Wi-Fi performance optimisation. The gateways ensure a quicker and easier account setup by using eSIM technology that allows users to avoid the process of acquiring and installing a physical SIM card. Nokia claims the deployment is ‘the first time eSIM has been used in a 5G fixed-wireless access solution’. Eng. Abdul Rahman bin Hamad AlMufadda, CTO at Zain KSA, said: ‘Rolling out our new 5G fixed wireless access routers comes in line with our digital transformation and 5G expansion strategy reiterating our role in serving the Kingdom’s society. Our mission from the start was to strengthen the 5G experience in the Kingdom into two levels: horizontally, concerned with spreading the 5G network across the largest possible geographical scale. Vertically, through 5G fixed wireless access solutions to enable homes and offices with the best and most reliable broadband experience available. In alignment with Saudi Vision 2030 we will continue to invest further to enable the digital sector and the national digital transformation namely through: cloud computing, IoT, and AI; while simultaneously aiming to become the digital service provider of choice in the Kingdom.’

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