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Mobily invests $160 million in network expansion

Saudi Arabian operator inks deal with Ericsson to expand and upgrade network coverage

Mobily invests $160 million in network expansion

Saudi Arabian mobile operator Mobily is set to expand its network capacity after signing a SR600 million ($160 million) contract with infrastructure vendor Ericsson.

The deal, which will see Mobily upgrade and expand its HSPA 3.5G and 3.75G networks, is expected to triple the operator's mobile broadband speeds and also increase its coverage area.

The deal follows closely from an upgrade in March when the company announced it had deployed high speed uplink packet access (HSUPA).

Abdulaziz Al Tamami, chief operations officer, Mobily, said the upgrade was designed to meet the needs of a growing customer base, as well as to offer faster mobile broadband speeds.

"Mobily is carefully watching and observing the needs of its customer base, which grows day by day, and as such, we are upgrading capacity on our network maintain current customer experiences, whether they are using the Internet through a connect modem, their mobile phone or directly on their iPhones, and of course in anticipation of the needs of coming customers," he said.

Mobily has more than 800,000 active HSPA subscribers who use more than one gigabyte of data a month and contribute to an overall mobile data exchange of 42 terabytes a day.

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