STC launches its LTE service in KSA

STC's LTE launch comes a day after Mobily made its debut in MENA region.

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STC launches its LTE service in KSA STC is to cover about 400 locations in Saudi Arabia during the first phase of the LTE launch.
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  September 14, 2011

Saudi Arabian telco STC has launched LTE services in the country, a day after its rival Mobily launched the Middle East and North Africa region's first LTE service.

However, both operators claim to be the first telco in the MENA region to commercially launch a network based on LTE technology.

Jameel Al Molhem, CEO of STC, said that the LTE technology will provide data transfer speeds by reaching more than 100 mbps. He said that STC will cover about 400 locations during the first phase of the LTE launch.

STC said that it was the first operator to launch a 3G network in the region in 2006, and the operator was also the first to upgrade its network to HSPA technology to meet demand for its QuickNet services.

Currently, STC serves more than 24 million customers in Saudi Arabia.

The other operator competing with STC and Mobily in Saudi Arabia's mobile broadband space is Zain KSA.

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Vinod Mehra

Competition in the interest of consumers to benefit consumers

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