Mobile operator groups serving the Middle East and Africa have agreed to cooperate on network infrastructure sharing initiatives in an effort to provide mobile broadband access to unserved rural communities in the region. The operators also intend to drive down the cost of mobile services for consumers across the regions.
Nokia Networks has claimed advancements in LTE-A network deployment by unveiling live network speeds and data transmission rates of up to 300 Mbps on Sonera’s LTE network in Helsinki. By utilising FDD/TDD technology it is claiming carrier aggregation of the 1800 and 2600 MHz frequency bands for the Finnish operator.
Kuwaiti mobile operator Viva on Monday introduced commercial LTE roaming services with neighbouring Saudi Telecommunications Company (STC), marking the first 4G LTE roaming agreement between Gulf operators.
Saudi Arabian operator STC has renewed its managed services contract with infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) which will see the Finnish firm continue to provide network planning and optimisation, network and service operations and hardware and software services for STC’s Al Jawal network in Saudi Arabia. The contract covers STC’s GSM, 3G and LTE networks that are within NSN’s footprint.
Asian operator group Axiata has announced the acquisition of a 95 per cent stake Indonesian operator Axis. Axiata’s own Indonesian subsidiary, PT XL Axiata (XL), has entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement with the subsidiary of Saudi operator group STC.
Principal Consultant, Middle-East Telecoms: “The Middle East region has consistently driven innovation”
Adnan Salkic, Senior Consultant for Strategy on projects for Middle-East telecom operators, is speaking in the HetNets track on Day One of the LTE MENA 2013 conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the technology and techniques that operators in the region, and worldwide, will have to employ to cope with the incoming data onslaught.
Group CTO, STC: “We are just at the beginning of the most exciting phase of mobile network development.”
Dr Zeyad Bin Thamer Al Otaibi is the group CTO of STC, one of the leading operators in the Middle East region and will be conducting operator interviews on stage on Day One of the LTE MENA conference taking place on the 29th-30th April 2012 at the Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai. We talk to him about his views on how OTTs can contribute to the cost of networks, how LTE will leads to increased revenues and why unlimited deals may have a future after all.
Adnan Salkic is a senior business consultant of strategic planning for SwedTel Management Group, who include Saudi Arabian carrier STC among its clients. We speak to Salkic about his perspective on LTE deployment strategies in the Middle East region and his thoughts on why it is a key technology for operators looking to lower costs and increase network efficiency.
STC, the Saudi Arabian carrier, has added anotherLTE coverage to another five cities across the Kingdom, taking the total up to 11. The cities of Makkah, Madinah, Abha, Khamis Mushayt, Dhahran now have access to LTE, in addition to the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Jubail, Al Khobar, Al Ahsa.
Following launches in Saudi from Mobily and STC, and in the UAE from Etisalat, Qatar’s QTel has launched its own LTE services and UAE’s Du has announced that it is working on an LTE service to launch before the end of the year.
Dr. Saad Al Khatani, Group CSO of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), believes smart pipes are the only way to effectively offset the high set-up and running costs of modern broadband networks, and maintain Quality of Service to the customer as new applications and services are added.
Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily has launched the first LTE service in the Middle East, but rival STC was hot on its heels, launching its own service a day later.
Ahead of his speaking slot at the Broadband World Forum in September, Saad Dhafer Al Qahtani, head of group strategic operations at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) gives an insight into the group’s international operations.