STC, Nokia, and MediaTek said they have verified 4 Component Carrier Aggregation (4CC-CA) in the 5G Standalone (SA) network in the city of Mecca, for the first time in the Middle East and Africa. They combined two FDD carriers (700 MHz, 2100 MHz) and two TDD Sub-6GHz band carriers (2300 MHz, 3500 MHz) using FDD-TDD CA technology. Nokia used its commercial Air-Scale Baseband, massive MIMO and RRH products, powered by its ReefShark chipset on STC’s live network. MediaTek provided its 5G mobile platform featuring its Release 16-ready M80 modem.

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