Mobily and STC launch first commercial LTE networks in the Middle East

September 14, 2011

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Mobily have become the first operators in the Middle East to commercially deploy LTE networks.

The operators, which announced the deployment within a day of each other, have said that their LTE networks will be double the speed of the previous 3G networks and is designed around the growth in mobile data, not voice calls.

Saudi Arabia’s mobile phone penetration is the third highest in the world at 188% with the majority crunching through a vast amount of mobile data, making the migration to LTE an integral move for both of the operators who, between them, account for 80% of Saudi’s mobile subscribers.

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Speaking ahead of the launch, Said Jamil bin Abdullah Al-Melhem, president of STC, commented: ‘The company continues its pioneering role, and its ongoing quest to provide the most services and the latest and highest international standards. And today [STC] offers the latest mobile communication networks, 4G LTE. The information revolution is coming and to provide a quantum leap in the speed of data transfer – wherever the client – to reach to top speeds of 100Mbps’.

Mobily confirmed on launch yesterday that their LTE coverage will exceed 32 cities and towns in Saudi Arabia by mid October including the capital Riyadh, which represents 85% of the most populated areas.

STC will be speaking about their commercial LTE deployment and Telecoms IQ’s LTE Deployment Strategies conference taking place in London in November. If you would like to view the full speaker line up and secure your place, please visit the event website.


Visualising LTE networks across the world

July 26, 2011

With figures showing that more than 200 operators across the world are now investing in LTE infrastructure, it is clear that the deployment of LTE is a hot topic within the telecoms industry.

Since TeliaSonera launched the first ever LTE service in Stockholm, Sweden in December 2009, operators in countries across Europe, North America and Asia have followed suit in deploying their very own commercial LTE networks.

So how does the current LTE network world map look like? We’re glad you asked.

We’ve put this LTE world map together to visualise LTE across the world ahead of our LTE Deployment Strategies conference in November. Let us know what you think.


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 N.b. The above information is derived from the Evolution to LTE report from the GSA and was correct at the time of publication. Click to see the latest version.

The Arctic Circle gets its very own LTE base station

July 5, 2011

The Arctic Circle has it all – snow, ice caps, polar bears and, of course, LTE base stations. That’s right a LTE base station.

Telenor Norway has launched the world’s most northerly LTE base station in Svalbard, located within the Arctic Circle. The site in Longyearbyen uses Huawei’s SingleRAN LTE solution and enabled those who attended the launch to gain access to HD video streaming at a speed of 100Mbps and access data quickly and seamlessly.

Extreme conditions in this part of the world makes it essential that this high speed connection is maintained and not damaged by the Arctic temperatures the region experiences. Norway are not the only Scandinavian country to roll out LTE in parts of the country, Sweden and Finland have also recently commercially deployed LTE.

So on your next holiday to the far north of Norway, maybe in search of the Northern Lights, you can record it, upload it, share it and stream it quickly and easily in one of the most harshest and remote parts of the world.

Interested in attending an LTE event? Why not come along to Telecoms IQ’s LTE Deployment Strategies which will be held in Berlin in November. For more information on this conference, please visit the LTE Deployment Strategies conference website.