Zain Saudi Arabia inks LTE deal with Motorola
Motorola to begin work on fourth generation network upgrade in the second quarter of the year
Telecom operator Zain Saudi Arabia has signed a deal with Motorola to upgrade its mobile network to fourth generation technology Long Term Evolution (LTE), the first deal of its kind in KSA.
The deal will see Motorola deploy what it described as the largest LTE network for Zain in Riyadh, with an end-to-end LTE solution, devices and optimisation and integration services.
Work on the network upgrade will begin in the second quarter of the year, and Zain Saudi Arabia's chief operating officer Ismail Fikree said the roll out will help to address the mobile broadband needs of consumers in Saudi Arabia.
"We want to provide Zain subscribers in the Kingdom with the fastest high-quality network that can accommodate real-time multimedia applications such as video conferencing, high definition content streaming, video blogging, or the ability to quickly upload video onto social networking sites," Fikree said.
The contract with Motorola follows Zain Bahrain's deal with Nokia Siemens Networks, which was the first LTE contract to be signed in the Middle East.
As well as boosting download speeds, infrastructure vendors say that LTE's lower cost per bit rate will help mobile operators balance the cost of mobile broadband.