Nokia to expand GSM in Saudi Arabia

In a $200 million agreement, Nokia, the global market leader in mobile phones, has been selected as a key supplier of Saudi Telecom’s GSM network.

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By  Kieran Potts Published  September 27, 2001

In a $200 million agreement, Nokia, the global market leader in mobile phones, has been selected as a key supplier of Saudi Telecom Company’s GSM network. Saudi Telecom is the sole mobile network provider in Saudi Arabia and represents an entirely new customer for Nokia.

The contract comes at a time of dramatically increasing demand for mobile technology in Saudi Arabia. Nokia will provide GSM 900 and 1800 base stations plus some 3G-compatible masts for future broadband services. Nokia’s 3G base stations — called Nokia Ultrasite — can support GSM, EDGE and WCDMA technologies.

Part of Nokia’s contract includes expansion of wireless telecommunications services in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

“Demand for mobile phone lines in Saudi Arabia has been growing by as much as 120,000 new subscribers a month,” said Saud Al-Duwaish, head of the mobile unit at Saudi Telecom. “This agreement is part of our commitment to meeting demand from customers for increased capacity and the latest services.”

The expansion of the mobile network is necessary to meet increasing demand, which has been projected to more than double from the present 2 million subscribers to 5 million in the next few years. Saudi Arabia has a population of 21 million, with 3 million land-lines.

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