LTE Advanced and NB-IoT drive STC 4G expansion in KSA

The deal spearheads STC’s drive to revolutionize mobile broadband-driven data experiences for its subscribers.
Updated 04 March 2018
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LTE Advanced and NB-IoT drive STC 4G expansion in KSA

Ericsson has been chosen by the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) Group for a major nationwide expansion of its 4G network in Saudi Arabia, including the deployment of LTE Advanced and Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) in Radio Access Network (RAN). The deal spearheads STC’s drive to revolutionize mobile broadband-driven data experiences for its subscribers and open up new enterprise opportunities in IoT, while laying the groundwork for evolution to 5G.
The LTE Advanced expansion, which got underway in December 2017, includes the deployment of Ericsson’s 5G-ready baseband hardware in the network. LTE Advanced will be deployed in a new 700MHz band spectrum acquired by STC. It will increase STC network throughput in 4G/LTE by up to 50 percent for smartphones.
In addition to the data-driven content access speed delivered by LTE Advanced, subscribers will benefit from extended coverage, much longer battery life, and low-cost devices enabled by the new cellular IoT technology, NB-IoT.
The digital transformation also sees STC deploying Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT) in RAN across its expanded network to drive and support enterprise IoT Ecosystem innovation and business opportunities. This includes Massive IoT applications for smart city purposes, such as metering, parking sensors, and connected cars.
STC recently renewed and upgraded its managed services contract with Ericsson. In addition to existing network planning and optimization, network operations and telecom field services, the contract now includes field services efficiency, as well as first and second line support.
Nasser Al-Nasser, STC Group CEO, said: “At STC, our main goal is to ensure that the country’s Saudi Vision 2030 ambitions are met. We do that by always making sure we offer our subscribers the latest innovative technologies. LTE Advanced and NB-IoT are exactly what we need to pave the way to 5G.”
Rafiah Ibrahim, head of market Area Middle East and Africa, Ericsson, said: “By making digital transformation real and effective for STC through 4G expansion, we will enable their customers to enjoy enriched experiences, whether that means lightning speed video and media access for subscribers, or IoT business innovation and opportunities for enterprises. Our partnership with STC shows 4G network evolution is already happening and paving the way for 5G.”
STC has already deployed multiple 4G layers across various frequencies (LTE 1800, LTE 2300, and LTE 2100).


Al-Habtoor renews sponsorship for marathon

Updated 16 December 2018
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Al-Habtoor renews sponsorship for marathon

Al-Habtoor Group Founding Chairman Khalaf Al-Habtoor has announced Al-Habtoor Group as the main sponsor for the 15th Zayed Charity Marathon, New York 2019 edition for the fourth consecutive year as well as the Zayed Charity Marathon, Egypt 2018 edition, for the second year running.
Al-Habtoor signed the renewed sponsorship agreement with Lt. General Mohammad Halal Al-Kaabi, chairman of the organizing committee, Zayed Charity Marathon, at a press conference held at the Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection on Tuesday.
He was joined by Col. Mohammad Ali Amer, general coordinator, Zayed Charity Marathon, and Mohammed Al-Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO, Al-Habtoor Group.
The annual Sheikh Zayed Charity Marathon, known as the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K Race, is scheduled to take place in New York’s Central Park in April 2019. Founded in 2005 in honor of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the first president and the founder of the UAE, the 10-km run raises awareness of kidney health and kidney disease with proceeds going directly to the National Kidney Foundation, a specialized hospital for kidney treatment and research in the US. In 2014, the Zayed Charity Marathon launched its Egypt edition, which will take place in Ismailia on Dec. 28.
Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “We are proud and remain committed to supporting the Zayed Charity Marathon in New York, which raises awareness for a good cause and honors the generous, caring spirit of the founding father of the UAE. I encourage our young men and women to volunteer in events similar to this that help promote the true image of the UAE ... and promote Emirati heritage and culture around the world.”
Lt. General Al-Kaabi said: “I would like to thank Khalaf Al Habtoor for his continuous support to the Zayed Charity Marathon. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan is always in our hearts and we live by his guidance daily.”
What started as a small event with 500 registered runners in 2005, today the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K is part of the New York Road Runner’s Pro Racing Series and draws tens of thousands of people annually making it one of the top 10 marathons globally. To date, over 200,000 people have contributed helping the Zayed Charity Marathon raise more than $165 million.
Col. Ali Amer said: “The Zayed Charity Marathon celebrates its 15th anniversary next year and we are working on making the milestone a memorable experience with extended promotion at New York’s famous Times Square and a display of the UAE flag and a photo of Sheikh Zayed on the Empire State Building.”
Mohammed Al-Habtoor said: “We were well received and thrilled to see the welcome message on display at Nasdaq’s tickers at Times Square during the 2018 edition. The event evoked positive sentiment by bringing together nationalities from across the world for a very worthy cause.”