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.’”


Ford’s tips to stay cool and calm on a road trip

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Ford’s tips to stay cool and calm on a road trip

Be it a regular two-day weekend, or an extended staycation a few hours away by car, it is hard to beat the excitement of hitting the open road on your way to invaluable family time.

Of course, any extraordinary journey often requires perfect planning and prior preparations, and at the height of summer, keeping cool under the conditions is often easier said than done. To be as comfortable and as confidently primed as possible for your short-term sojourn, Ford has listed out some tips for a ride in the summer:

Late night departure: While not always possible, postponing your departure until after the sun sets will dramatically reduce the heat inside your cabin. Ford has available lighting technology that can make night-time driving less stressful, like Dynamic LED Headlights and Auto High Beam Control, which detects oncoming vehicles and automatically switches to dipped beams until the vehicle has passed.

Visionary visor: The slide-on rod sun visor can easily keep that blindingly bright sun glare out of your eyes, keeping you invariably more comfortable.

Too cool for school: Ahead of your road trip, be sure to pick up a cool bag or a cool box to store your bottles of water, or perhaps to maintain the level of freshness of some fruit slices. The air conditioning system will keep you from overheating externally.

Life’s a breeze: Before you hit the road, ensure your AC is topped up with the necessary gas to keep the cabin nice and cool. Proper maintenance of your car’s air conditioning has several benefits: It saves money, reduces the amount of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere, and increases the life of your vehicle’s air conditioning system.

Chilling sounds: The 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system by Harman available in Ford vehicles has been perfected by acoustic engineers for a sound even audiophiles will appreciate. 

Stay the course: SYNC 3, Ford’s next generation of voice-activated technology, with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, has a new, easy-to-use design and features. The easy-to-read color LCD touchscreen displays phone, audio and navigation functions. 

Be prepared: It is a great idea to be prepared for any crisis by putting together an emergency kit. Things to include in the kit are jumper cables, a flashlight, stretch cords, water bag, knife, tire inflator, first-aid kit, PVC tape, plastic gloves, non-perishable food, flares, and a blanket.