Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia have successfully completed a trial of LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U), combining unlicensed spectrum in the 5GHz band with 1800MHz frequencies to deliver a downlink speed of 223Mbps. Following the trial, the technology will be deployed in hotspots, for example, in malls and cafes in Jeddah and around the Holy Mosque in Makkah, supported by Nokia’s Flexi Zone multiband small cell technology. Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, CTO at Zain Saudi Arabia, said: ‘There has been exponential growth in the demand for high speed mobile broadband services. This trial with the support of our longstanding and trusted partner, Nokia, is an important step in our commitment to adopt the latest technological solutions to provide innovative and best possible services to our subscribers. It will also give us a crucial competitive edge.’
In related news, Openwave Mobility has deployed an NFV-based mobile data traffic management solution for Zain Saudi. The new platform will enable Zain to manage and monetise encrypted data.