— Zain KSA, one of the leading telecom operators in the Middle East region and a prominent player in Saudi Arabia’s telecom space, is bringing unprecedented change to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the deployment of its 5G network in its second phase using Infovista radio planning portfolio.
In line with Saudi Vision 2030 and in order to support the comprehensive digital transformation of the Kingdom, the plan for the spread and geographic expansion of Zain KSA’s 5G network aims to deliver the new 5G services to every corner and spot in Saudi Arabia and, therefore, to ensure that citizens and residents alike have access to the latest, most advanced and efficient internet services, which will undoubtedly reflect positively on the way they work and live.
Consequently, Zain KSA rolled out its 5G network in its first phase on Oct 2019, and was ranked first in its 5G rollout in the Kingdom, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, and fourth globally. It is also recognized by ICT government authorities as the number one operator for covering all Saudi’s administrative regions, having the largest 5G reach within governorates, and covering to date 50 cities enabled by more than 4,700 towers.
This high level of commitment drove Zain KSA to select best of breed technologies. In order to optimize and roll-out its second phase of 5G network at a fast pace, where it selected Infovista, the leading provider of network planning, testing, performance and application control solutions for that mission.
Leveraging crowdsourced dataset, including a large volume of social media data, for traffic map creation, Infovista radio planning solution helped Zain KSA reach an unmatched level of accuracy when it comes to precise planning for densification in order to successfully introduce 5G in new cities of the Kingdom. As a result, Zain KSA maximized and accelerated the deployment of its innovative 5G network.
Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Mufadda, Chief Technology Officer at Zain KSA, said: “As we accelerate the rollout of 5G services in the country with new cities being covered, we want to ensure we deliver best-in-class experience in the location of our customers and to better serve them. As well as provide residents and citizens alike with tools for innovation and development that will benefit the diversification and the competitiveness of the national economy.”
Faiq Khan, managing director, East Europe, Asia and Africa at Infovista said: “We are committed to helping Zain KSA deliver in its second phase the incomparable 5G experience to its customers throughout the entire Kingdom. Our innovative, market-leading radio planning software and optimization solution aims to support the fast and complete deployment of Zain KSA’s 5G network as well as help Zain KSA in creating a paradigm shift in the telecommunications infrastructure by leveraging network automation capabilities.”
To reliably provide the best subscriber performance, capacity and coverage, Zain KSA benefits from the Infovista advanced End-to-End 5G planning capabilities, which covers radio to transmission in a synchronized and automated way.