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Zain KSA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nokia, a B2B technology innovation leader, to maximize efficiency and accelerate its sustainability efforts, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and Saudi Green and Middle East Green Initiatives.

As part of the MoU, signed during MWC 2023, Zain KSA and Nokia will collaborate on innovative solutions to address environmental as well as societal issues. The companies will evolve Nokia Self-Organizing Network (SON) use cases to boost energy savings. Through this collaboration, the two parties will make efforts to continue the digitalization journey in the Kingdom, bridging the digital divide and ensuring inclusive access to opportunities.

To reduce their carbon footprint, Zain KSA and Nokia will explore initiatives to modernize the legacy components of the network and introduce more energy-efficient platforms within responsible business standards. They will accelerate digital transformation across industries and drive the evolution of the 5G network and the deployment of sustainable technology across various sectors.

Commenting on this milestone, Zain KSA Chief Technology Officer Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Mufadda said, “At Zain KSA, we are fully committed to providing meaningful connectivity to empower our communities and contribute to the national sustainability goals. Zain KSA is proud to collaborate with Nokia as part of our strategic priority to maintain a responsible supply chain and drive sustainable business practices, especially as we continue to expand our networks across new sectors. Together, we will leverage our expertise to exceed customers’ expectations and find a balance between efficiency and resource optimization. To help address environmental issues, we are creating long-term sustainable value and digital solutions that bring us closer to our net-zero target, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”

“We believe that digitalization and connectivity are crucial in resolving environmental, social and economic challenges,” said Eng. Mohammed Al-Keridy, head of the Zain KSA customer team at Nokia. “This positions energy efficiency at the core of our solutions, as we are committed to helping service providers adopt sustainable practices without impacting the quality of their services. Our partnership with Zain KSA will boost our contribution to Saudi Vision 2030 and accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices in the region.”

Zain achieved an “A-” carbon disclosure rating, a classification for companies by CDP that disclose information on the environmental impact of their initiatives and operations combating climate change. Zain KSA continues to adopt sustainable practices, including the recently launched the Um Al Shogog reforestation and rehabilitation campaign, in cooperation with the Environmental Green Horizons Society, to increase biodiversity and conserve natural resources. With its first electric vehicle charging station at the Granada Business Center in Riyadh, Zain KSA reinforces its pivotal role as a key enabler of world-class sustainable services across the Kingdom.

Nokia’s approach to sustainability centers around its purpose: creating technology that helps the world act together. The company focuses on the impact of its technology and digitalization on the world. Nokia maximizes its positive impact on society, people and the planet — its handprint. But the company also ensures it works continually to minimize its potential negative impact — its footprint. This approach is built on a foundation of responsible, ethical business practices. Nokia is regularly recognized for its transparent ESG disclosure, practices and achievements by leading ratings and ranking organizations and other international initiatives. Recent examples include the achievement of A- by CDP as well as a rating of AAA (on a scale of AAA-CCC) in the MSCI ESG Ratings assessment in December 2022. In September 2022, Nokia was recognized by RE100 as the best newcomer for its work on renewable energy.

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