Ericsson has bagged a modernisation contract to upgrade Mobily's access network in the western region of Saudi Arabia.
Ericsson will deploy the latest features of its Ericsson Radio System to expand the network coverage and capacity. The contract includes the Ericsson Baseband 52- and 66-series and mobile backhaul equipment such as the Ericsson MINI-LINK and Ericsson Router 6000 series.
Eng. Ahmed Aboudoma, CEO, Mobily, said: “This agreement with Ericsson is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 and its objectives that fall within developing the Telecom and IT sector, in addition to preparing best-provided services to customers that comply with its new strategy ‘RISE.’ This includes a concept that raises the level of provided services to customers by using the latest telecom technologies.
“The current Mobily network is competitive on the sector level, and the new collaboration will enable Mobily to increase its network performance, which benefits customers as they will enjoy unprecedented services. ”
Ericsson will also be introducing technologies like FDD/TDD convergence, 4x4 MIMO, multi-band carrier aggregation, and enable greater spectrum flexibility and migration between GSM, WCDMA, and LTE by implementing the Ericsson Shared Carrier solution.
Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said: “Our relationship with Mobily goes back to 2005. We have helped build Mobily’s network across Saudi Arabia and will continue to provide leading solutions to address their needs, making the network ready for 5G and Internet of Things. The overall benefits of the modernised network will extend to offering enhanced experiences to Mobily’s subscribers.”