Nokia and Zain KSA to transform Jeddah

Both companies will work together to remodel Jeddah into a smart city by 2018

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Nokia and Zain KSA to transform Jeddah Under the MoU, Nokia and Zain KSA will apply networking technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud to connect and manage a wide array of devices, vehicles, homes and applications (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  April 12, 2016

Nokia and Zain KSA have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on transforming Jeddah, one of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's largest cities, into a smart city by 2018.

Under the MoU, Nokia and Zain KSA will apply networking technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud to connect and manage a wide array of devices, vehicles, homes and applications. The aim of these technologies is to improve municipal services and businesses in Jeddah to create a better life for the city's three million residents.

Sultan AlDeghaither, chief technology officer, said: "Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia - and thanks to our collaboration with Nokia, it will also be a smart city. Introducing IoT to all walks of life is a top priority for Zain KSA, and Nokia's smart city solutions will provide us with a framework for enriching the lives of the people in Jeddah."

The two-year initiative will involve the companies will enhance the network capacity, accessibility and efficiency of Zain KSA's mobile broadband network in Jeddah, which will eventually lead to 5G access, whilst also expanding the utilisation of small cells and WiFi to ensure continuous connectivity. 

Furthermore, privacy is also at the forefront of the initiative, meaning both Nokia and Zain KSA will fulfil public safety requirements by focussing on the reliability and security of the networks.

Ali Aljitawi, head of Zain KSA customer team at Nokia, added: "The world is becoming more urbanised, with exponentially more connected devices. For every device connected to the Internet today, 10 more will join it in the near future.

"Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything - a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. We believe that the Jeddah smart city concept can be a model for smart cities not just in the Kingdom, but across the region and the world."

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