STC aims for 4G pole position in Saudi Arabia

Michael Carroll
telecomasia.net
Saudi Telecom Company (STC) aims to be the first operator in Saudi Arabia to launch 4G services, after contracting Alcatel-Lucent to roll out an LTE network.
 
The operator plans to deploy LTE in eleven major cities initially, claiming the set-up will be the first of its kind in the country. Alcatel-Lucent will handle rollout of the network in the north of the country, and is also pooling content and applications for the 4G service.
 
Abdulrahman Al-Azzam, country senior officer at the infrastructure firm, says the contract is a “big win.” The agreement also covers management of the sites Alcatel-Lucent deploys, he adds.

Commentary

Transformation and disruption in 2017

King-Yew Foong/Gartner

Facing market disruption, operators will look to enter adjacent markets to diversify and differentiate

King-Yew Foong/Gartner

Facing market disruption, operators will look to enter adjacent markets to diversify and differentiate

My prediction? That 2017 will see the end of the word “telco” in current usage