Mobily launches the region's first LTE service
Bayanat Al Oula subsidiary rolls out LTE services in select Saudi cities
Saudi Arabian telco Mobily has become the first operator in the Middle East and Africa to launch an LTE service.
Mobily launched the service, which uses TD-LTE technology, through its subsidiary Bayanat Al Oula.
The first phase of coverage includes the cities of Najran, Jazan, Al Kharj, Ras tanoura, Algurayat and Aldudamy. The service will be launched in Hail, Al Baha, Al Mujamaaa, and Wadi Al Dawasir launched later in the month, while Riyadh, Jeddah and Damamm will gain access to the service in October.
Mobily confirmed that the LTE coverage will exceed 32 cities and towns, representing 85% of Saudi Arabia's populated areas.
Mobily was established in 2004 by a consortium led by UAE telco Etisalat. The operator competes with STC and Zain KSA in Saudi Arabia's mobile broadband sector.