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In the framework of the panel discussion organized by Telecom Review on the opportunities of the 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), the moderator Amer Mdanat, general manager (KSA), NXN addressed the question of the regulatory environment and challenges specific to Saudi Arabia for the roll out of 5G services.

In this context, Ali Jitawi, customer business team head Zain, Nokia commented, “The development that has been happening in Saudi Arabia is unparalleled when it comes to the regulatory involvement in fostering the 5G roll out. This started by making the most relevant spectrum available for operators specifically on the mid-band and allocating the right size of spectrum.”

He added, “We have seen Saudi being among the top countries worldwide in making the spectrum available for the CSPs. And this is what stimulates the operators to better invest in 5G as a leading technology. Fixed wireless access is one of the many use cases that came, capitalizing on the extreme broadband capability of 5G, not to forget the ultra-low latency and the massive machine communication enabling 5G applications especially for smart cities.”

For Abdulrahman AlMufadda, CTO, Zain KSA, “It goes without saying that without having the right support from our governmental entities MCIT and CITC respectively, and without having the right partnerships, including the ambitious and clear vision, little would have been achieved. So, when we talk about Zain KSA being in a leading 5G position, it’s a combination of all of the above.”

He continued, “Similarly, for the first time in the world Zain KSA offered its customers an ultra-fast 5G speed of 2.4 Gbps enabled by its carrier aggregation feature.” 

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