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Saudi Telecom Company (STC) and Huawei jointly announce the successful trial of the first 5G innovative Massive MIMO network in MENA region. STC completed the testing of the latest 3.5GHz Massive MIMO technology, which is considered as a corner stone technologies enabling core 5G services. It uses a large number of antennas and beam forming to enhance spectrum multiplexing among multiple user equipment (UEs) to improve the end user experience.

The new 5G technologies aim at providing huge capacity, better spectral efficiency and lower latency. Widespread 5G connectivity will eliminate information islands, boost the prosperity of a digitalized sharing economy, promote changes to existing production methods and lifestyles. Massive MIMO increases the cell capacity without the need for extra spectrum or additional new sites.

Eng. Nasser Al Nasser, Technology & Operations SVP, said: "STC is committed to continuous innovation to provide the best network and services for our deserving customers in the modern digitalized society. This 5G partnership with Huawei is one step forward towards enabling the establishment of 5G networks and pioneering the launch of new 5G services in KSA. Continued Cooperation between STC and Huawei will surely expand the commercial use of 5G and explore further innovations, paving the way to 5G commercial deployments."

Edward Deng, President of Huawei Wireless Network, said: "I believe that continuous technology innovation and open collaborations is the key to a successful launch of 5G network and service. As strategic partners, Huawei will continue to cooperate with STC to make strategic investments in 5G technology research and industrialization to make sure STC maintains its pioneering position in the region."

STC is always committed to introducing cutting-edge technologies to fully explore the highest potential of its network resources. This deployment resulted in improvement in network performance and consequent enhancement in user experience. This landmark achievement allowed STC to assume its technology pioneering role and explore further communications innovations through the commercial deployment of 5G technologies.