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Nokia and Zain KSA partner to rollout 5G-powered fixed wireless access solutions in Saudi Arabia

Nokia and Zain KSA partner to rollout 5G-powered fixed wireless access solutions in Saudi Arabia

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Telco equipment vendor Nokia has announced an expansion of its strategic 5G partnership with Zain KSA to rollout 60,000 FastMile 5G Gateway 3.1 with eSIM across Saudi Arabia over the next 12 months.

According to Nokia, the gateways will deliver stronger signal, better connectivity and ultra-high data speeds to every corner of homes and offices in the Kingdom. The move allows Zain KSA to support smart home and office adoption in the country with enhanced connectivity for smart devices through 5G and Wi-Fi 6, which together guarantees an improved customer experience.

Eng. AbdulRahman bin Hamad AlMufadda, Chief Technology Officer, Zain KSA, said: “Rolling out our new 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) 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 FWA solutions to enable homes and offices with the best and most reliable broadband experience available.”

AlMufadda said in alignment with Saudi Vision 2030, the company 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.

He added that: “We are delighted to launch the 5G fixed wireless access devices, to ensure that homes and businesses can enjoy the fastest and most reliable broadband experience. As such, Zain KSA becomes the pioneering operator in the latest generation of telco services to deploy Nokia FastMile 5G Gateways which is another milestone added in our reliable and secure 5G network to revolutionise the way people live and work.”

Sandra Motley, President, Fixed Networks Division, Nokia, said: “We are happy to support Zain KSA connect more people, and revolutionise the way people live and work in the Kingdom. Zain KSA is joining the leading operators around the world, in providing the 5G FWA to deliver a gigabit experience to consumers and businesses alike. The combination of FastMile 5G Gateways and self-optimising mesh Wi-Fi 6 technology means that Zain KSA is delivering a new and unmatched 5G experience to everyone, at every corner in homes and offices.”

Both companies stated that they are committed to extending their co-operation on 5G to achieve the best possible coverage, stability and bandwidth for Saudi Arabia.

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