Zain KSA rolls out region’s first 5G roaming service, continues leading role in 5G technology

CEO of Zain KSA, Engineer Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Deghaither. (Supplied)
Updated 27 November 2019

Zain KSA rolls out region’s first 5G roaming service, continues leading role in 5G technology

RIYADH: In a one-of-a-kind initiative Zain KSA has launched the first 5G international roaming service for its customers roaming in Kuwait using Zain Kuwait’s network.

This impressive milestone marks the beginning of the data roaming services using 5G in the region with plans to include several other countries in the future.

This initiative stems from Zain KSA’s expansion strategy and commitment to meet its customers’ needs and provide them with top services while roaming in Kuwait where international roaming download speed reaches 500 Mbps.

Commenting on the initiative, Zain KSA CEO Engineer Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Deghaither confirmed that this pioneering move is part of Zain’s strategy to invest in innovative services and technologies and is aimed directly at keeping up with emerging trends in the global telecommunications industry.

He emphasized Zain KSA’s readiness to pursue its leading role in the ICT sector in the Kingdom and the region which will assist in developing and transforming the Kingdom’s capabilities towards a smarter digital society in line with Saudi Vision 2030’s goals, all while accelerating customers access to regular services in various fields and creating simpler and more efficient business environments.

Al Deghaither added that Zain KSA has rolled out the largest telecommunication network of the latest generation (5G) in the region emphasizing that Zain KSA is continuously enhancing its services and enabling its customers to benefit from the innovative offerings that guarantee their satisfaction.

The 5G services offer three basic high speed connectivity features. It offers its customers speed that is 10 times faster than those on 4G networks.  Additionally, the 5G services provide an extremely Low latency that will create a unique user experience. The third feature is capacity, where the higher capacity of the 5G network will enable more devices to connect to one telecom tower simultaneously without interfering with the user experience.

Zain KSA is committed to enhancing the Kingdom’s leading position as one of the most invested countries in developing digital services in line with Saudi Vision 2030’s goals, where its first 5G network coverage is the largest in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Zain KSA’s 5G roaming service is now available within the existing data roaming packages without any additional fees.


EVRT Dubai 2020 charges into Middle East

Updated 23 February 2020

EVRT Dubai 2020 charges into Middle East

EVRT Dubai 2020, the electric vehicle road trip, is charging into the Middle East with the announcement of a series of first-of-its-kind initiatives designed to put electric vehicles through their paces.

More than a 100 participants are gearing up for EVRT Dubai 2020, with UAE Minister of Climate Change Dr. Thani Al-Zeyoudi set to join part of the trip. The road trip will see 15 electric vehicles take on the 1,000 km journey designed to inspire transformation to smarter mobility and electric vehicles. 

Ben Pullen, co-founder and CEO at Generation.e, said: “This year is more creative than ever before. World-first challenges and drag races will provide a major opportunity to gather the latest and greatest electric vehicles together from around the world to put them through their paces on home turf in the UAE. It’s a unique opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their lineup in an environment that truly flies the flag for electric vehicle adoption in the region.”

The World Regeneration Challenge aims to demonstrate just how powerful regenerative braking is, and how much of a game-changer it is for automotive industry. The challenge is simple: Electric vehicles, from a range of brands, will drive up to the top of the 1,934-meter Jebel Jais mountain to find out how much energy their vehicles can regenerate on the way down. The challenge is set to highlight how regenerative braking takes place when the vehicle is rolling down an incline or in free slow, with electric vehicles engaging their motors in reverse to generate electricity, resulting in their battery getting charged on their way back down the mountain.

Another challenge that is set to take place is the classic Electric Vehicle Drag Race.

Hyundai Motor Company and One Moto are the latest car manufacturers to pledge their support, with the brands seizing the opportunity to showcase their fully electric ranges to put them to the test, as they travel across the UAE in an expedition over six days from March 25 to 30.

Bangsun Jeong, head of operations, Hyundai Motor Company Middle East and Africa, said: “We are excited to showcase for the first time in the region the Hyundai Kona and Ioniq models at EVRT Dubai. Hyundai aims to become a global automotive leader in eco-friendly vehicles and we are currently planning a full lineup of 21 electrified models, including battery electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles.”

Suliman Al-Zaben, director, Juma Al-Majid Est, added: “With Dubai offering generous incentives for EV owners, we see a huge potential for electric vehicles in the market.”

The 2020 edition is organized by Generation.e, the entity supporting the acceleration of electric vehicles and smarter mobility adoption across the world. The event will be launched on March 25 at Dubai’s Sustainable City.