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Mobily expands its LTE network in KSA

Saudi operator selects vendor for major network expansion and upgrade

Telecoms, Operators, Mobily (www.mobily.com.sa)

Saudi Arabian mobile operator, Mobily, has signed an agreement with Ericsson to introduce LTE in the western region and to transform and expand its 2G, 3G network for improved coverage and speed.

The deal covers the delivery of end-to-end network features consisting of radio, core and service layer charging. The network expansion and enhanced capacity will allow Mobily to address the additional traffic expected on its network during the Hajj season.

Nasser AlNasser, chief operations officer, Mobily, said: "We are building a world-class mobile network in Saudi Arabia with upgrade and enhancements to our 2G, 3G and 4G access, which will offer our customers an enormous coverage and speed improvement."

Ali Eid, president of Ericsson, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, said: "As the uptake of smartphones increases in the kingdom, so does the demand on connectivity and advanced services, and it becomes increasingly important to ensure that the network performs well in order to maintain subscribers' loyalty."