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Samsung brings mobile WiMAX to Saudi Arabia

Posted: 17 Jan 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:WiMAX  WiMAX technology  WiMAX devices  mobile WiMAX devices  Samsung 

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. disclosed early this week (Jan. 15) that it has it has signed a network services contract with Bayanat Al-Oula, an emerging telecommunications service provider in Saudi Arabia, to help the Saudi firm's bid to launch commercial mobile WiMAX services in the Middle-East country. The contract is valued by Bayanat Al-Oula at more than Rs.453.20 crore ($100 million).

Under the contract, Samsung is set to supply mobile WiMAX equipment and devices to Bayanat Al-Oula over a two-year period beginning in 2007. A Samsung spokeswoman said Bayanat Al-Oula would become the worlds first company to provide the technology for a Middle-East nation. "This partnership will result in the largest mobile WiMAX deployment in the Middle-East region," Samsung claimed in a statement.

The company said Bayanat Al-Oula plans to launch commercial mobile WiMAX services in four major cities—Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Makkah in 2007 and then expand the services nationwide.

Since gaining a data communications licence from the Saudi government in early 2005 after its establishment in the previous year, Bayanat Al-Oula has invested heavily in developing and building telecommunications networks and operational capabilities that will allow it to serve corporate, consumer and wholesale customers nationwide, according to Samsung.

"We envision that mobile WiMAX will revolutionise data services in the same way that mobile network technology revolutionised voice services," said Abdulmajeed Elshawa, CEO of Bayanat Al-Oula. "The combination of Samsung's expertise in Mobile WiMAX technologies, and Bayanat's innovation, market knowledge and commitment to delivering value to customers will transform the telecoms industry in Saudi Arabia."

An increase of mobile WiMAX adoption is expected in other Middle-East nations following the commercialisation of mobile WiMAX with Bayanat Al-Oula, Samsung added.

- Sean Shim
EE Times

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