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Saudi Telecommunications Company (stc) and Global Digital Integrated Solutions Company (Aramco Digital) have qualified for the specialized radio network license in Saudi Arabia. Further evaluation will be conducted to determine who will be granted the license.

The Specialized Radio Network is a key national initiative designed to serve industrial and business sectors through a dedicated network, utilizing the latest global wireless technologies. The network aims to meet the specialized needs of various sectors, positioning the Kingdom as a leader in providing advanced broadband communications services.

Connectivity for Saudi’s Industrial Revolution

At LEAP 2024, the Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) published the Information Memorandum for the Specialized Radio Network License in the 450 MHz band.

A primary goal of this license is to allocate the 450 MHz band for the deployment of a nationwide network, aimed at providing advanced technology and services to a wide range of users. This allocation is intended to enhance connectivity, improve service quality, and support the integration of innovative solutions across various sectors.

By leveraging the 450 MHz band, the network aims to ensure broad coverage and reliable communication capabilities, meeting the diverse needs of users nationwide. The 450 MHz frequency is particularly renowned for its strong signal penetration, making it ideal for industrial applications.

Additionally, the license aims to alleviate congestion in the 400 MHz bands by utilizing more efficient shared systems. This will ensure that the needs of all users, ranging from major national entities like oil and mining companies to smaller local users, are adequately met.

Allocating these frequencies for a national specialized communications network will support the digital transformation of various sectors, including manufacturing, oil and gas, petrochemicals, transportation, tourism, and logistics. These industries stand to reap significant rewards by incorporating smart applications, automating operations, and facilitating Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. This allows for seamless monitoring and control, ultimately fueling the advancements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).

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