STC launches commercial 5G services in Saudi Arabia

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser.
Updated 23 June 2019

STC launches commercial 5G services in Saudi Arabia

STC Group has officially launched commercial 5G services in Saudi Arabia, becoming the Kingdom’s first telecom operator to provide this service across a number of cities in the country.

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser said the launch of 5G services confirms the telecom operator’s leading position as a pioneer in the field of digital transformation and is a testament to the remarkable development of the ICT sector in the Kingdom. 

Viva Kuwait, one of the group’s subsidiaries, recently became the first operator in Kuwait to launch the commercial 5G services. Another subsidiary, Viva Bahrain, is all set to launch the same service soon.

Al-Nasser said STC has developed the infrastructure of wireless networks in the Kingdom, extended their range, provided the latest global technologies and accelerated the deployment of 5G networks, which provide the foundation for a range of innovative future applications, including the provision of high-speed mobile internet all over the Kingdom. 

At present, 5G networks in their first phase are available in select areas in a number of major cities by using home routers.

“This launch is a confirmation of STC’s commitment toward providing pioneering innovative technologies and services to its customers all over the Kingdom and the region as 5G technology aims to improve the speed and performance of wireless networks,” STC said.

“This development will not only enhance the efficiency of communication between humans and phones or computers, it will also inspire much sophisticated uses, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and robotics.”

In May 2018, STC Group, in the presence of Eastern Province Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif launched its first live 5G network — a first in the MENA region — after completing the testing and trial phase.


MYNM launches BMW Mini Countryman in Kingdom

Updated 24 September 2020

MYNM launches BMW Mini Countryman in Kingdom

Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company (MYNM), the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia, has launched the long-awaited and redefined five-door Mini Countryman.

“The new Mini Countryman is instantly recognizable as the biggest and most versatile member of the Mini model family. Characterized by its formidable performance, agility and personality, the model is perfect for motorists who crave individuality,” the company said. 

The spacious model not only has five fully fledged seats, but features a touchless-opening electric tailgate and a fold-out picnic bench, which is compactly stowed away in the car’s luggage compartment.

From the outside, the model boasts a distinctive silhouette with a
reimagined radiator grille that underlines the Countryman’s powerful design. Adorned with the Union Jack pattern, the rear lights emphasize Mini’s history and its rugged yet contemporary new look.

The Countryman’s interior design includes ergonomically optimized controls for ease of access, which both the driver and the front seat passenger can enjoy, alongside LED lighting that adds a stylish ambiance to the cockpit.

Under the hood, the ALL4 all-wheel drive system provides a noticeable boost in terms of traction, driving stability and agility. Adding to the enhanced engines portfolio, the vehicle achieves a balance between driving fun and fuel consumption. In terms of power, the Mini TwinPower Turbo technology is used on both 3- and 4-cylinder petrol engines, which provides a power range between 100 KW/ 136 hp to 225 KW/ 306 hp. Meanwhile, the Mini Cooper Countryman ALL4 also features an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.

Mark Notkin, BMW Group  managing director at MYNM, said: “As one of our most versatile models, the Mini Countryman has always been the ideal car for our most daring buyers. Defined by its supreme mobility, the Mini Countryman can take on any terrain, whether it be city streets or more rugged paths.

“As the presence of the Mini Countryman grows in the region, we are confident that this launch will prove valuable among customers who are looking for adventure-level performance in the compact segment.”