Battle to roll out Saudi Arabia's first LTE network intensifies

STC's deal with Ericsson for LTE roll out follows Zain's announcement that it will deploy Motorola-built LTE network

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Battle to roll out Saudi Arabia's first LTE network intensifies STC says its proposed LTE network will offer download speeds of up to 150Mbps. (Getty Images)
By  George Bevir Published  February 17, 2010

Saudi Arabia's STC today announced that it will team up with telecom infrastructure vendor Ericsson to roll out a fourth generation wireless technology LTE (Long Term Evolution) in the country.

It follows an announcement made earlier this week by rival operator Zain Saudi Arabia that it would start work on its own LTE roll out in Riyadh in the second quater of the year.

But STC has pledged to be the first operator in the Kingdom to have an LTE network up and running.

"We are glad to start the deployment of LTE technology so that all our customers will be the first in the Middle East and North Africa to benefit from the new chain of high speed broadband services," said Dr Ziad Al-Otaibi, STC vice president.

STC said the network will be capable of speeds of up to 150 Mbps, and will benefit users of HD video, network games and internet TV.

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