STC, Saudi Arabia’s incumbent operator, has selected Ericsson as one of the main vendors for its LTE deployment in the country.
Ericsson will deploy STC’s LTE network in Saudi Arabia’s main cities, including Riyadh. The Swedish vendor will also manage the LTE network and will continue to optimise, manage, and operate STC’s 2G and 3G networks.
“Together with Ericsson, we will introduce the most advanced telecom innovation in Saudi Arabia, 4G/LTE, enabling Saudi consumers to benefit from this technology in all aspects of their lives from business, education, health and many others,” said Dr. Zeyad Al Etaibi, group CTO, STC.
“The ICT market in Saudi Arabia has witnessed tremendous growth in the last few years and the Saudi consumer in specific was and is still eager to have the latest and fastest technology,” he added.
Bandar Al-Qafari, vice president for the network sector, STC, said that Ericsson had been selected owing to its “global and local competence”.
STC launched LTE services in parts of Saudi Arabia in September 2011. Nokia Siemens Networks built STC's LTE network in the Western region of Saudi Arabia and supplied USB dongles for the commercial launch.