Saudi Telecom Company (stc) and Ericsson have inked a partnership agreement to explore 5G capabilities and to strengthen stc’s 5G network indoor coverage and performance. As part of this collaboration, Ericsson will deliver a view on 5G for indoor coverage as well as identifying the indoor customer experience and possible ways of enhancement. A proof of concept (PoC) will be offered to identify stc’s network evolution strategy using long range millimetre wave (mmWave) technology and to highlight the advantages and benefits of 5G network slicing. Ericsson mmWave will directly benefit the high network capacity requirements in urban areas that include popular, crowded locations and hotspots that cater to a large number of users. Badr Al-Lhieb, Infrastructure Sector VP at stc, said: ‘5G is completely reshaping both our professional and personal lives by connecting a large number of users. Through joint collaboration, Ericsson is supporting stc in realising our digital ambitions and evolving it, with the latest technologies to enhance our network. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) is one of many steps we are undertaking together to bring the best and the latest technologies to our subscribers and to the Kingdom, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.’

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