Coalition accepts results of JIAT investigation, pledges to compensate victims

Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition is coordinating with relevant authorities to obtain the names and identities of the families of the victims and provide them with compensation. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 03 September 2018
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Coalition accepts results of JIAT investigation, pledges to compensate victims

JEDDAH: The Arab Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen said it accepts the results of the investigation of the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) following an attack on a bus last month that killed dozens.

Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the coalition is coordinating with the local hospital in the Dahyan area in Saada province and other relevant authorities to obtain the names and identities of the families of the victims and provide them with the necessary compensation.

He also said that the  coalition is working on revising and developing its rules of engagement after the attack killed at least 29 children, according to the Red Cross and injured dozens more.

Al-Maliki confirmed that all Yemeni ports are fully operational and the coalition is working to provide the necessary facilities for the passage of aid ships.

However, he said that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia continue to threaten maritime navigation in the Bab Al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea.

Col. Al-Maliki added that the coalition “welcomes the position of the Yemeni government" in rejecting a UN report published last week that made a series of accusations against the alliance.

The coalition also rejected the report because it contained inaccuracies and false information, the spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Al-Maliki said the Yemen National Army forces continued to advance on various fronts.


Mobily, Huawei announce plan to bring 5G to KSA

The announcement was made at Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, during a recent visit by Maziad Al-Harbi, chief technology officer at Mobily.
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Mobily, Huawei announce plan to bring 5G to KSA

Mobily and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand their collaboration in network evolution. The companies announced a five-year plan to upgrade Mobily’s networks and accelerate the arrival of 5G to the Kingdom. The announcement was made at Huawei’s global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, during a recent visit by Maziad Al-Harbi, chief technology officer at Mobily. 

Mobily and Huawei’s five-year plan, named Network 2023, will see an end-to-end (E2E) network evaluation and evolution strategy to upgrade Mobily’s existing infrastructure and help Saudi Arabia capitalize from 5G from both industry and consumer perspectives.

As a network evolution strategy consultant, Huawei will assist Mobily with its 4.5G to 5G evolution, and its target network planning (including spectrum and user experience). The companies will collaborate to fully cloudify Mobily’s network to make it ready for 5G, in addition to cooperating on IT and data center strategy and planning. Huawei will also act as Mobily’s consultant from an industry and consumer perspective, offering market and business insights and strategy. 

Ultimately, the aim of the MoU is to strengthen the relationship between Huawei and Mobily in order to bring the most updated and advanced E2E networks to Saudi Arabia. 

Al-Harbi said: “We are excited to combine forces with Huawei to ensure that Saudi Arabia remains at the forefront of the latest trends and technologies in 5G. Innovation is vital to enabling the Kingdom to transform into a digital country, and at Mobily we are committed to deploying the most advanced technologies to provide the people of Saudi Arabia with a high standard of living and a modern environment. Our collaboration with Huawei will surely help us reach this goal.”