STC inks deal with Nokia for 5G network

Updated 06 March 2018
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STC inks deal with Nokia for 5G network

STC and Nokia have announced that they are collaborating to launch STC’s 5G network this year. They agreed to collectively work toward finding the most optimal network strategy and relevant use cases for 5G deployment in the Saudi market. As a first step, hundreds of 5G base stations are planned to be deployed in the Kingdom’s western region (Makkah, Madinah and Yanbu).
The 5G collaboration aims to use Nokia’s equipment and solutions, including the 5G-ready AirScale platform and AirFrame data center for the network launch. The unique combination of high-speed and low-latency in 5G technology opens up a number of new and exciting use cases, such as virtual reality, augmented reality, connected cars, industrial robots, remote health care, and others.
Acting STC Group CEO Nasser Al-Nasser said: “We have been working closely with Nokia over the last 20 years. It is a testimony for this successful partnership that we have decided to collaborate with Nokia for this critical launch, with the aim of making 5G a reality in 2018. We are confident that Nokia’s proven expertise and technology leadership in 5G will work in our favor and will help us in deploying pioneering and innovative 5G services.”
Amr K. El-Leithy, head of the Middle East and Africa market at Nokia, said: “We have defined a 5G Future X portfolio that draws on our research across radio, optics, IP and software technologies. Our market-leading, end-to-end portfolio including Nokia AirScale radio and the Nokia AirFrame datacenter solution will allow STC to evolve its network, managing 4G demands today and the 5G demands of the future.
“Working together with STC, we will leverage our technology expertise to define the strategies and services that will help STC achieve its ‘Vision 2020.’”


LG introduces world’s first 8K OLED TV at IFA 2018

Visitors were able to take a first look at the 88-inch 8K LG OLED TV at IFA 2018
Updated 19 September 2018
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LG introduces world’s first 8K OLED TV at IFA 2018

LG Electronics has introduced the world’s first 8K (7680 x 4320) OLED TV at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The 88-inch 8K LG OLED TV features over 33 million self-emitting pixels to produce the unmatched contrast ratio and true blacks that define OLED TV’s picture quality. 

With OLED TV shipments in the market expected to double in 2018 and reach over 9 million units by 2022, LG said it will continue to increase the OLED share in its premium TV portfolio and drive large-scale consumer adoption of OLED TVs. While the 8K TV market is still in its infancy, it is expected to grow to more than 5 million units by 2022.

Despite advancements in the LCD field, OLED has been often referred to as the “next-generation display technology” because it emits its own light, eliminating the need for any kind of backlighting. This allows for state-of-art TVs which redefine both the picture quality and the product design.

“LG’s first 8K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company. “4K OLED played a major role in reshaping TV industry and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same.”