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Press Release -- January 23rd, 2014
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

NSN modernizes, expands Mobily networks for superior voice, data services

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – January 22, 2014

  • Now sole radio supplier in central region, replacing existing 2G,TD-LTE radio elements from other vendors
  • Implements advanced radio platform, refarms GSM 900 MHz band to improve 3G network capacity and coverage

Customers of Mobily (Etihad Etisalat Company), a leading telecom operator in Saudi Arabia, will soon enjoy enhanced voice and data services with improved network connectivity and coverage. For this, the operator has selected Nokia Solutions and Networks’ Single RAN (radio access network) and comprehensive services, including refarming of the GSM 900 MHz band to 3G. NSN will upgrade Mobily’s 2G, 3G (WCDMA) and TD-LTE networks in the centeral region including Riyadh, the largest city in the country. As committed in July last year, the operator is undertaking major network upgrades and expansions to provide an unmatched service experience for its customers.

“Since our customer base as well as the adoption of smart devices and demand for high speed data services are steadily increasing, we are committed to upgrading and expanding our networks with the latest technology available in the industry,” said Alaa Al Malki, Acting CTO, Mobily Radio Network. “Based on our experience with NSN since 2006, we are confident that the company’s advanced radio platform and comprehensive services will help us provide a superior voice and data service experience for our customers.”

“Upgrading and expanding the networks is vital for Mobily’s growth, but doing so cost-efficiently is equally important,” said Muawieh Abdel Rahman, head of Mobily KSA customer team at NSN. “We have a sound understanding of Mobily’s requirements, and are well placed to meet them exactly with our advanced radio technologies and services, thus saving operating and capital costs for the operator. We have been providing managed services for the operator since 2011, ensuring optimum network performance, and are also committed to helping the operator in its customer experience management.”

Under the contract, NSN is providing Mobily with its Single RAN platform, based on its award-winning, compact, energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station. The company is also providing its network management software, NetAct and Performance Manager to enable consolidated monitoring, management, and operation of Mobily’s 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The services scope includes network planning, optimization, system integration, implementation and care services for a smooth upgrade and expansion of the operator’s networks.

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About Mobily

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) was established in 2004 by a consortium led by Etisalat, the UAE based telecom conglomerate. Mobily is the official brand name of Etihad Etisalat, renowned as the second mobile service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The awarded 25-Year telecommunication mobile license was complemented by a subsequent purchase of a 3G license. Mobily is the 1st Saudi communications company to get an operation license for 3rd generation services and beyond. In December 2004, Mobily was listed on Tadawul Stock Exchange. Today, Mobily equates to 40%+ market share of the mobile subscriptions in the Kingdom. In March 2008, Mobily was granted approval by CITC (Communication and Information Technology Commission) to acquire Bayanat al-Oula which was a licensed Data Service Provider for a price of SAR 1.5 Billion. And, in November 2008, Mobily acquired absolute majority stakes in Zajil, the leading Saudi ISP (Internet Service Provider).

Mobily owns vast majority shares in the Saudi National Fiber Network (SNFN) composed with 12,800 KM of structured fiber cable, panned into 7 fully protected rings covering 35 Saudi cities plus access to 60 major hub sites for telecommunications prime points of presence, and complimented with 20 inter-metropolis fiber loops in major Saudi cities. Furthermore, Mobily is a lead investor in prime global submarine cable projects that are expected to be operational in the near future.

About NSN

Nokia Solutions and Networks is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly.

With headquarters in Espoo, Finland, we operate in over 120 countries and had net sales of approximately 13.4 billion euros in 2012. NSN is wholly owned by Nokia Corporation.

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