Sealing the deal: Abdullah Alzmame, network VP at STC and Ali Eid, president, Ericsson Saudi Arabia. Sealing the deal: Abdullah Alzmame, network VP at STC and Ali Eid, president, Ericsson Saudi Arabia.

STC has chosen Ericsson to provide an evolved IP network solution to expand and improve its mobile broadband offering in the Saudi Arabia.

Ericsson will deploy its Evolved IP network consisting of: Smart Services Routers (SSR),MINI-LINK microwave transmission links using MINI-LINK PT 6020 for E-band and MINI-LINK PT and TN for traditional frequency bands. The deal also includes associated software and services.

The result will be a high-capacity mobile transport network that enables STC to meet the requirements of next-generation mobile networks. It will also offer STC opportunities to generate new revenues while keeping operational expenses low.

MINI-LINK nodes are optimised for native Ethernet transport and provide a carrier grade packet network with low latency. The microwave system will also support the evolution of STC’s network to IP.

Abdullah Alzmame, network VP at STC, said “Demand for mobile broadband is growing at a dramatic rate. Expanding our mobile broadband network, in conjunction with Ericsson, will enable STC to offer better, faster and more reliable services to all our subscribers. It ultimately means that while we focus on serving our customer’s needs, we also have one eye on the future technological developments to take advantage of the opportunities they present to us and to our customers.”

Ali Eid, president, Ericsson Saudi Arabia, added: “We have combined our strong partnership with STC with our deep understanding of mobile broadband to create a compelling case for STC to choose this solution for their mobile network expansion. With the roll-out having begun, STC’s subscribers all over the kingdom will soon enjoy increased network capacity and reliability.”