Nokia and Saudi Telecom Company (STC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the development of 5G and IoT use cases.
Under the terms of the MoU, Nokia and STC will carry out trials of technologies such as 4.5G Pro and 4.9G, key steps on the path to 5G to build the capacity and throughput speeds needed for new applications.
The collaboration will also play an important role in STC's digitalisation transformation and its support of Saudi Arabia's 2030 Vision for transforming the country to be the hub connecting three continents including Asia, Africa and Europe.
With its ultra-low latency and extreme broadband network capacity, 5G will enable new possibilities in a number of vertical industry sectors, including connected cars, industrial networking, remote healthcare, virtual reality and ultra-high definition video services. With Nokia's mobile broadband expertise in 4.5G Pro and 4.9G, STC will be able to commence the evolution of its existing network toward 5G, preparing its infrastructure for the massive increase in data, devices and applications that 5G and IoT will facilitate.
Nasser Al-Nasser of STC, said: "We aim to bring the first commercial 5G network to the gulf region, and we are confident that Nokia's innovations toward the development of 5G technologies and IoT use cases, and their trials around the world, will provide a clear path for this."
Waseem Al-Marzogi, head of the STC customer business team at Nokia, said: "5G and IoT are the main pillars of STC's 2020 Vision, and Nokia is committed to enabling extreme broadband services, critical machine-type communications and IoT services, creating a super-efficient infrastructure for STC."