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Saudi Arabia : ZAIN SAUDI ARABIA enters into 882m network upgrade agreement

June 28, 2014

Saudi Arabian mobile operator contracts 5 dealers, involving Nokia Networks, for 3 years network modernisation project.

Zain Saudi Arabia has announced the signing of a network infrastructure agreement with 5 equipment makers worth 4.5 billion riyals ( 882 million).

The company commented that it has contracted Huawei, Nokia, NEC, Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent for a 3 years turnkey project to deliver it with a "state-of-the-art modern network". It will help it obtain the increasing demand for data.

Zain stated that under the agreement, the dealers will provide LTE and mobile broadband infrastructure, including radio access, transmission, core network, IP backbone and Internet gateway equipment.

The project will deliver the telco with extra coverage and capacity for voice and data services. It hopes to bolster coverage to 96%, despite it did not specify whether this is in terms of population or landmass.

Hassan Kabbani, CEO of Zain KSA, in Nokia commented "We want to reload our network infrastructure with the very latest of technologies in order to address the high demand for more interesting services. We are confident that Nokia's unique technologies such as Liquid Applications will greatly improve customer experience and position Zain KSA as a technology leader in the Saudi market."

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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