Zain Saudi Arabia has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband infrastructure and services vendor for Jeddah, the country’s second largest city. The operator aims to address the growing demand for mobile broadband and smartphone data services by refarming its 1800MHz GSM frequency band to offer 4G services. As part of the contract, NSN will also manage Zain’s 4G network in Jeddah, in addition to the operator’s existing GSM and 3G networks in the city. Zain claimed 12% of the Saudi mobile market at the end of March 2012.
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