STC to phase out 3G to make way for 4G & 5G

STC aims to become a pioneer in 5G technology. It has rolled out the 5G network in many parts of the Kingdom and will continue to expand its 5G footprint in the coming years.
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Updated 25 May 2020

STC to phase out 3G to make way for 4G & 5G

In order to address their future needs and offer a higher quality of service to its customers, the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is phasing out its legacy 3G network, making way for more advanced technologies such as 4G and 5G.

Khaled Al-Dharrab, infrastructure VP, STC, said: “STC took a bold and daring decision to phase out its legacy 3G network in order to focus investment on more modern and advanced technologies such as 4G and 5G technologies. This will ensure that STC customers continue to enjoy the best possible experience with the network, as part of a comprehensive digital transformation journey.

“STC is a technology pioneer in the region and at a global level, and therefore, this move will cement its leadership status in the Kingdom and it will remain a dynamic role model for the operators in the region. The 4G and 5G technologies will provide an incentive for economic growth — at both the individual and enterprise level, supporting the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

Al-Dharrab said the technological advancements made by STC will help in transforming the digital landscape of the country and will also confirm STC’s position as a “world-class digital leader providing innovative services and platforms to its customers and enabling digital transformation in the MENA region.”

The Saudi telecom giant has been at the forefront of technological innovation in the Kingdom. It has always invested in future technologies to ensure that it meets the growing needs of its customers. Over the last decade, wireless technology has changed dramatically and it has transformed the way people use telecom services and applications. Therefore, customers continue to demand faster speeds and increased data volumes, which resulted in a dramatic growth in data traffic.

Work on the “3G Sunset Program” has already started and is expected to be concluded in less than two years. These plans are helped by a declining number of customers still using 3G devices on the STC network. As part of this process, STC is committed to ensuring a smooth transition of all remaining 3G customers to 4G and 5G devices before the actual shutdown date in 2022.

The 3G freed spectrum will be reutilized for the new and more advanced technologies. STC has been directing investment in the 4G network over the last few years, delivering an enhanced 4G network, in terms of both coverage and quality. The company has the largest 4G customer base in the Kingdom.

STC also aims to become a pioneer in 5G technology. It has rolled out the 5G network in many parts of the Kingdom and will continue to expand its 5G footprint in the coming years. A number of 5G internet packages have been launched by the company, along with the introduction of compatible 5G devices (smartphones, routers, MiFi, etc.). The new and highly advanced 5G use cases are designed to benefit customers and industry verticals. The 5G service will offer the necessary high speed data, latency, security and reliability to support VoLTE voice services and cutting-edge “Industry 4.0” capabilities, incorporating advanced technologies such as AI, data analytics, IoT, and others.


Hyundai donates 24 vehicles to Saudi Red Crescent

Updated 20 October 2020

Hyundai donates 24 vehicles to Saudi Red Crescent

Hyundai Motor Company is supporting the Saudi Red Crescent Authority’s (SRCA) ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by contributing 20 fully equipped ambulances and four support vehicles of the Hyundai H-1 model. The automaker aims to assist the frontline workers and public during these unprecedented times by offering the H-1 ambulances to seamlessly transport the health care professionals, the elderly and others.

The contribution is part of Hyundai’s commitment to giving back to the community and supporting the SRCA’s remarkable work in addressing the spread of the coronavirus in Saudi Arabia.

Hyundai is working hand-in-hand with its authorized distributors in the Kingdom — Al-Wallan Trading Company, Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors Company and Almajdouie Motors — to align its efforts with the government’s directives to deal with the situation.

Hyundai’s distributors will work closely with the official authorities in Saudi Arabia to deliver the vehicles directly to the SRCA.

Bang Sun Jeong, vice president and head of Middle East and Africa operations at Hyundai, said: “Caring for humanity has always been at the heart of Hyundai’s vision. We did not hesitate in taking this initiative with Hyundai distributors in the Kingdom during these challenging times, and we are proud of their association with the Saudi Red Crescent Authority in the fight against this pandemic.

“This contribution is another step in the direction of making a positive difference in the Saudi community and we believe by strengthening the relationships between the private and public sectors, it will benefit the Saudi Red Crescent Authority and help support members of the community across the Kingdom.”

He added: “We sincerely hope our efforts contribute toward making a difference in this fight, and we believe if we stay together, we can overcome anything. We hope this pandemic can soon come to an end and we can help people get back to their daily lives.”

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company offers a range of vehicles and mobility services in more than 200 countries. Hyundai Motor sold more than 4.4 million vehicles globally in 2019, and currently employs some 120,000 personnel worldwide. The company is enhancing its product lineup with vehicles designed to help usher in a more sustainable future, while offering innovative solutions to real-world mobility challenges.