Zain KSA has achieved a record speed of 1.9 Gbps during a successful trial of the 5G indoor solution known as “AirScale Radio System” (ASiR), at its headquarters in Jeddah. The ASiR solution can support a mixed network of 4G and 5G over the same platform, delivering ultra-fast speeds and broad coverage, and countering high penetration coverage losses within buildings, across multiple floors and in both open office space and closed up offices and meeting rooms where coverage rates are often significantly reduced due to the depth of the building design or the distance from the tower. Utilizing ASiR, Zain KSA provides an enhanced indoor solution addressing requirements such as low cost of ownership, compact design and comprehensive indoor coverage offering users a consistent 5G experience.
Notably, Zain KSA has launched its 5G services in October 2019 in the Kingdom and now covers 50 cities Kingdom-wide enabled by more than 4,700 towers. It is through these endeavours and others that Zain KSA is considered as a major enabler, driving forward the digital transformation in the Kingdom, as part of Saudi Vision 2030, and directly contributing to realizing the goals of the ambitious digital economy recently approved by the Kingdom.
This milestone is consistent with Zain KSA’s continuous hallmark achievements after Opensignal, the independent global standard for analysing consumer mobile experience, has recently granted Zain KSA three awards: “Best 5G Availability”; “Best Download Speed Experience - 5G Users”; and “Best 5G Download Speed.” Similarly, Zain KSA won the SpeedTest award for the “fastest fixed network” in the Kingdom from globally acclaimed Ookla for the year 2020. Zain KSA also ranked first in the "Meqyas" report issued by the Communications and Information Technology Commission for the 4th quarter of 2020, as the fastest fixed internet in the Kingdom, and the largest 5G network coverage across the Kingdom. Gaining further international recognition, Zain KSA earned three awards at the Telecom Review Leaders’ summit for “Best 5G User Growth,” “Best 5G Infrastructure Deployment,” and “Best Cloud Provider.” Furthermore, Zain KSA managed to progress to the 12th rank in Saudi’s top 50 brands list, as per Brand Finance’s annual report on brand evaluation.