Saudi Arabian telecoms operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has signed a USD280 million credit deal with Nokia Solutions & Networks (NSN) to source an upgrade to its 3G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks. The export credit facilitated by NSN will enable Mobility to accelerate the expansion and modernisation of its networks between 2014 and 2016. The investment is primarily aimed at improving customer experience and addressing demand for high speed data services.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in January 2014 Mobily awarded another contract to the Finnish equipment vendor to deploy its single radio access network (RAN) platform and refarm its 900MHz GSM frequencies to improve 3G network capacity and coverage. Under the terms of that deal NSN will upgrade Mobily’s 2G, 3G (W-CDMA) and Time Division Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE) networks in the central region of Saudi Arabia, including the city of Riyadh. The vendor is also providing Mobily with its network management software, NetAct and Performance Manager, to enable consolidated monitoring, management, and operation of the cellco’s 2G, 3G and LTE networks.