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).


Nissan buys stake in Formula E team e.dams

Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series.
Updated 19 September 2018
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Nissan buys stake in Formula E team e.dams

Nissan has strengthened its partnership with e.dams by purchasing a stake in the championship-winning racing organization, ahead of Nissan’s debut in the ABB FIA Formula E electric street-racing championship.

Nissan is joining Formula E as the first Japanese carmaker to participate in the innovative series and as a leader in electric cars, with more than 350,000 Nissan LEAF vehicles sold. Nissan’s Formula E program will show a new “performance side” of Nissan Intelligent Mobility — the company’s vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and integrated into society.

Based in Le Mans, France, and co-founded by team principal Jean-Paul Driot, the e.dams organization emerged from DAMS, a leading contender in European open-wheel and sports car competition for more than 30 years. In its previous partnership with Nissan’s alliance partner Renault, e.dams won the team championship in the first three seasons of Formula E. It also holds records for most wins and pole positions.

“For Nissan’s first Formula E experience, it makes sense to partner with e.dams and be able to draw on the organization’s experience of winning races and championships,” said Roel de Vries, Nissan corporate vice president and global head of marketing and brand strategy. “The level of competition in Formula E will get even more intense for season five, with a series-mandated all-new car and powertrain. As part of our commitment to our partnership, Nissan has now purchased an ownership stake in the organization, and we’re excited to work with Jean-Paul and his team.”

Driot said: “With our new partner Nissan, we’re eagerly awaiting the new challenges ahead. We’re very proud of our history in Formula E, and we’re looking forward to adding new pages to the series’ history books with our new partner and the new car.”