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stc boosts 5G network capacity by more than 60%

stc boosts 5G network capacity by more than 60%

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stc, a leading digital enabler in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has developed its 5G infrastructure capabilities through utilising a new additional 5G spectrum to be the first operator in the MENA region to enable 5G carrier aggregation technology.

This is expected to boost the 5G network capacity up to 60% and improve download speeds for its subscribers.

This development plan utilises 2.3GHz band for 5G at more than 1,000 sites as an initial phase, through reuse of the spectrum resources initially used for 4G which affirms stc’s strategic commitment to adopt cutting-edge technologies and services.

The use of 5G carrier aggregation technology is expected to aggregate the new 2.3GHz carrier to the main 5G carrier on 3.5GHz, to augment the overall 5G network capacity and elevate speeds to global-ranking levels.

“In stc, as per our leading position in strengthening the Kingdom’s status in the global telecom sector, we are restlessly working with the support of our partners to develop our infrastructure capabilities and introduce the latest solutions and technologies to enrich our subscribers experience and improve the Kingdom’s global ranking,” Eng. Bader Alluhaib, stc Infrastructure VP.

“As the leading operator in the Kingdom, we are planning to adopt these advanced solutions on a larger scale throughout the upcoming years as an integral part of the 2030 vision.”

“Ericsson’s 5G carrier aggregation solution – which employs advanced radio coordination technologies – provides a breakthrough change in enhancing 5G coverage, boosting capacity and improving 5G users experience,” said Eva Andrin, Deputy VP, Ericsson, Saudi and Egypt.

“Ericsson is devoted to provide stc with such innovative solutions to uplift its network capabilities, to outreach new horizons towards the Kingdom’s vision.”

stc expects to conclude this development within this year, to act as a new step in stc’s journey to enrich its subscribers experience and spread 5G technology across the Kingdom.

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