Mobily plans broadband expansion
Operator awards Ericsson, Huawei and NSN network expansion contracts in Saudi
Saudi Arabian telco Mobily has awarded Ericsson, Huawei and Nokia Siemens Networks contracts worth $213 million for a Kingdom-wide capacity expansion of its mobile broadband networks.
Khalid Al Kaf, Mobily's CEO said that the planned expansion is to strengthen the performance and operational efficiency of Mobily's network. "The new expansion will offer more and more customers access to speeds of 21.6 Mbps," he added.
The three vendors will work towards increasing the footprint of Mobily's mobile broadband network in Saudi Arabia, which already covers 92% of populated areas in the Kingdom, and is considered the largest of its kind in the MENA region.
As part of the contracts, Mobily will also be upgrading sections of its network to offer a full high speed packet access (HSPA) experience to its customers from 3.5G technology to 3.75G technology.
Last year, Mobily had a similar network expansion amounting to SR600 million, which was announced a month ahead of the company achieving the one million mobile broadband subscribers mark.
Mobily's network is the largest in the region and also enjoys the highest volume of data exchange in the country. By 2009 end, Mobily had one million active mobile broadband subscribers