April 11, 2016

Nokia helps transform Jeddah into a smart city

By introducing these technologies Jeddah seeks to improve municipal services, enhance the business climate and create a better quality of life for the city's nearly three million residents.
By introducing these technologies Jeddah seeks to improve municipal services, enhance the business climate and create a better quality of life for the city's nearly three million residents.
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Finnish communications specialists Nokia and Saudi Arabian mobile networks company Zain KSA have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The two companies are collaborating on a major initiative to transform the city of Jeddah into a model for smart cities by 2018.

Together they will harness advanced networking technologies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud.

“Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything – a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability,” says Ali Aljitawi, head of Zain KSA customer team at Nokia. “We believe that the Jeddah Smart City concept can be a model for smart cities not just in the Kingdom, but across the region and the world.”

Alongside advanced network and customer experience management tools, the two-year plan sees the companies enhancing the network capacity, accessibility and efficiency of Zain KSA’s mobile broadband network in Jeddah.

This in turn will eventually lead to 5G access, while also expanding the utilisation of small cells and Wi-Fi to ensure continuous connectivity throughout the city.

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