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stc announces first 5G standalone deployment in MENA

stc announces first 5G standalone deployment in MENA

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Saudi-based telco stc has announced the first deployment of 5G standalone (SA) and 5G voice over new radio (VoNR) service in live network.

The development will enable stc to deploy enhanced data and voice services over an agile, cloud native, next generation end-to-end 5G network.

According to stc, the 5G SA core network is an outright paradigm shift in the way the world looks at networks as it provides the ability to not only provide very high data throughput but also ultra-low latency, along with highest possible service availability.

The 5G enabled Voice Service (VoNR) is the latest evolution of voice call solution that offers 5G users true high definition voice and video calls on a 5G SA network, without the need for the classical fall back to a 4G LTE network.

With these 5G deployments, stc will be able to build a powerful and secure digital ecosystem, where enterprises and consumers can benefit from more innovative services tailored to their exact needs.

Eng Haithem Alfaraj, SVP, Technology and Operations, stc, said: “New 5G services will continue to be top priorities for our customers. We are very proud of our continued technological push to reinforce stc’s leading position in the region. We believe this is just the beginning of our digital service innovation. stc is determined to bring to market the most advanced technologies and solutions, to deliver total Digital Transformation.”

Alfaraj added that every technology and service innovation stc accomplishes comes with the high objective of offering the best quality services to its valued customers.

“The launch of 5G SA network and 5G VoNR service is a real life translation of our ‘DARE’ strategy, stc’s Digital Transformation aspirations and in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s National Vision 2030,” he said.

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