Mobily and Qualcomm partner for wireless tech
Saudi Arabian mobile operator to gain technological and training assistance from US wireless specialist Qualcomm
Mobily, Saudi Arabia’s second mobile operator, is set to gain technological and training support from US wireless technology specialist Qualcomm, after the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday.
The MOU will enable Mobily to gain assistance from the US firm in “certain aspects” of wireless network operations including Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) digital wireless technology and High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) network planning, device specification and other training services.
Khalid Al Kaf, Mobily's CEO, said that the agreement will enable Mobily and Qualcomm to “cooperate on new ideas and future technology trends” in the wireless communication sector, while Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, said the deal will create a framework for closer collaboration between the two companies.
"Introducing the most advanced new mobile services requires not only leading wireless technology, but also close collaboration among developers, device manufacturers and others who contribute to making services a success,” he said.
Mobily, which is a subsidiary of UAE incumbent Etisalat, operates 2G and 3.5G services in Saudi Arabia.