Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) is to upgrade and expand Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily’s (an Etihad Etisalat company) network to provide enhanced voice and data services with improved network connectivity and coverage.
The operator has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks’ Single RAN (radio access network) and comprehensive services, including refarming of the GSM 900 MHz band to 3G.
NSN will upgrade Mobily’s 2G, 3G (WCDMA) and TD-LTE networks in the central region including Riyadh, the largest city in the country. As committed in July last year, the operator is undertaking major network upgrades and expansions to provide an unmatched service experience for its customers.
Under the contract, NSN is providing Mobily with its Single RAN platform, based on its award-winning, compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 base station. The company is also providing its network management software, NetAct and Performance Manager to enable consolidated monitoring, management, and operation of Mobily’s 2G, 3G and LTE networks.
The services scope includes network planning, optimisation, system integration, implementation and care services for a smooth upgrade and expansion of the operator’s networks.
“Since our customer base as well as the adoption of smart devices and demand for high speed data services are steadily increasing, we are committed to upgrading and expanding our networks with the latest technology available in the industry,” said Alaa Al Malki, acting CTO, Mobily Radio Network.
“Based on our experience with NSN since 2006, we are confident that the company’s advanced radio platform and comprehensive services will help us provide a superior voice and data service experience for our customers.”
“Upgrading and expanding the networks is vital for Mobily’s growth, but doing so cost-efficiently is equally important,” said Muawieh Abdel Rahman, head of Mobily KSA customer team at NSN. “We have a sound understanding of Mobily’s requirements, and are well placed to meet them exactly with our advanced radio technologies and services, thus saving operating and capital costs for the operator.
“We have been providing managed services for the operator since 2011, ensuring optimum network performance, and are also committed to helping the operator in its customer experience management.”