Nokia and Zain KSA have rolled out a Massive MIMO pilot in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, which seeks to offer download speeds of up to 700Mbps.
The pilot uses spectrum in the 2.6GHz range over Zain’s LTE network and will exploit Nokia’s 5G ready AirScale Massive MIMO antenna for 4.9G calls.
The head of the Zain Saudi Arabia customer team at Nokia, Ali Jitawi, “We are thrilled and proud to be carrying out this prestigious project for Zain. This successful pilot and later deployment will allow Zain to delight its customers with extreme broadband. It will also add to their revenue streams as they will be able to provide newer services to their subscribers.”
Once the trial is finalised, Zain will look to launch the services across the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is hopeful to be among the first countries in the world to introduce fully commercialised 5G services, later this year. Massive MIMO technology will have a significant role in the smooth rollout of next generation mobile networks.
To conclude, the CEO of Zain Saudi Arabia, Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, “This pilot is a significant milestone in our journey towards 5G. The deployment of massive MIMO helps us meet our customers’ evolving needs for the best experience even while using multiple bandwidth-hungry applications. As our longstanding partner, we are confident that Nokia’s proven expertise will allow us to provide innovative use cases to Zain KSA’s individual and enterprise customers.”