Huawei and Saudi Telecom Company Partner to Launch LTE TDD Service in Saudi Arabia

[Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 22 September, 2011]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and Saudi Telecom Company (STC), the leading national provider of telecommunications services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, today jointly announced the launch of LTE TDD service in Saudi Arabia. Covering the east and north regions and the city of Dammam within the kingdom, the new network is capable of downlink speeds of up to 100Mb/s, allowing STC's customers to enjoy a variety of data services at unprecedented speeds.

Huawei provided its industry-leading end-to-end SingleRAN LTE solution for STC. This solution is comprised of Huawei's radio access network SingleRAN solution, its convergent core network SingleEPC solution, its E398 LTE TDD/FDD dual-mode commercial USB dongle, and its E392 LTE TDD/FDD/GSM/UMTS/CDMA multi-mode USB dongle. Huawei will exclusively to deploy the whole core network for STC.

STC will provide LTE service for consumers across Saudi Arabia using its expertise as the largest mobile operator in the Middle East. Since 1996, STC's commitment to providing subscribers with faster connection speeds and better service has resulted in a 50-fold increase in the speed of STC's networks. This commitment, which has included the adoption of many of the telecom industry's leading technologies as well as the deployment of a GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ network, has enabled STC to stay ahead in Saudi Arabia's increasingly competitive telecom market.

Dr.Zeyad Thamer Al-Otaibi, Group CTO of Saudi Telecom Company, said, "STC is pleased to have Huawei as a partner in this important launch of LTE TDD services in Saudi Arabia. STC continually works to ensure that our subscribers have access to the fastest connection speeds possible, and together with Huawei and its end-to-end SingleRAN LTE solution, we are able to do just that while also maintaining our impeccable service record."

Deng Taihua, President of WiMAX/TDS/LTE, Huawei, said, "STC selected Huawei to deploy its LTE TDD network in important regions within the kingdom. We are confident that our end-to-end SingleRAN LTE solution will improve STC's overall competitiveness and will further consolidate its market leadership in the mobile broadband era."

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