March 8, 2017

Big deals for Nokia in Saudi Arabia, Russia and Vietnam

The key pillars of STC's '2020 Vision' for smarter cities in Saudi Arabia are 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).
The key pillars of STC's '2020 Vision' for smarter cities in Saudi Arabia are 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).

Nokia is collaborating with Saudi Telekom Company (STC) on the development of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), has inked a five-year deal with Russian communications and technology company, VimpelCom, and is supplying a transport network in Vietnam.

The Saudi Arabian agreement includes trials on 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technology to build capacity and throughput speed needed for 5G, which promises to enable new possibilities across industries, such as connected cars and remote healthcare.

The collaboration supports STC’s ‘2020 Vision’ for smart cities in the Kingdom as well as Saudi Arabia’s ‘2030 Vision’ of transforming the country into a hub connecting Asia, Africa and Europe.

The signing of the MoU took place at the Mobile World Congress and was signed by Samih Elhage, president of mobile networks at Nokia and Nasser Al-Nasser, senior vice-president of technology and operations at STC.

“We aim to bring the first commercial 5G network to the gulf region, and we are confident that Nokia’s innovations toward the development of 5G technologies and IoT use cases, and their trials around the world, will provide a clear path for this,” Al-Nasser explains in a release.

Meanwhile, Nokia and the Russian communications and technology company VimpelCom (brand “Beeline”) have signed a five-year agreement under which Nokia will become the major supplier of managed services for VimpelCom’s fixed, mobile and transport network operations.

The deal is one of Europe’s largest multi-vendor managed services agreements and draws on Nokia’s extensive technology and services expertise to transform and simplify operations for VimpelCom in three regions in Russia.

Elsewhere, Vietnam’s market leader in mobile communications, MobiFone, is to deploy a Nokia 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) and Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) regional network from Ho Chi Minh City to more than 10 provinces in southern Vietnam.

The new transport network will enable MobiFone to provide innovative and high capacity services in these key economic zones, home to a significant percentage of the operator’s 40 million subscribers.

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