Nokia and STC have signed an agreement to expand high-speed mobile broadband capacity and coverage in Saudi Arabia using Nokia's 4.5G technology. The 4.5G technology leverages techniques such as carrier aggregation to optimise network resources and boost speeds to meet growing data demands.
The enhanced network will meet the ever-increasing demands of subscribers across the country, including the millions of visitors who travel to the cities of Mecca and Medina each year, particularly during the Hajj and Ramadan seasons, when the network faces heavy spikes in demand.
Nokia has already completed the first phase of the deployment in Mecca and Medina, where the company was asked to dramatically increase capacity. Using 4.5G technology, including Saudi Arabia's first indoor small cells deployment, STC managed the huge traffic demands during this year's Hajj pilgrimage, which during peak times recorded an increase in 4G traffic of 600% compared with 2015.
Nokia will continue to deploy its 4.5G macro and small cell radio access network and microwave packet radio technology to provide ubiquitous coverage and faster access to the Internet across the country. This will allow STC to launch new services and expand the delivery of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) to more subscribers.
This agreement continues a long history of collaboration between Nokia and STC. Nokia has defined a path to 5G that allows leading operators such as STC to take advantage of major increases in speed and capacity where and when they need it using 4.5G, 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies.
The solution includes:
• Expansion of 4G network using Nokia 4.5G radio access network technology with macro and small cell base stations and software upgrades across the installed network base including TD-LTE carrier aggregation techniques
• Nokia Microwave Packet Radio
• Nokia turnkey services, network implementation and network planning and optimisation, Care and Managed Services.
• Nokia NetAct network management technology.