As part of Ericsson's longstanding partnership with Saudi Telecom Company (STC), both companies will work on creating a strategic roadmap for evolution of the network to the next-gen 5G technology. This was part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress 2018.
The MoU includes collaborations on extensive 5G commercial trials in Saudi Arabia. The trials will also cover end-to-end 5G potential including Radio Access Network (RAN), core and transport as well as various 5G use cases that will leverage 5G technology capabilities for consumers and businesses.
Ericsson has also signed a second MoU with STC that will focus on identifying key digital services use cases, targeting faster time-to-market for new service offerings, network monetisation and building IT capabilities based on existing systems. This collaboration will also support STC's digital services evolution strategy addressing key areas such as Operations Support System (OSS) solutions.
This combined effort aims to create significant value towards Saudi Arabia's vision 2030, targeting both consumer and business sectors to enjoy the next generation technologies.