In Saudi Arabia, Ericsson conducted a proof-of-concept that will allow local telco stc to accelerate the rollout of the 2.3GHz 5G band

Ericsson and Saudi Arabian operator stc have successfully completed a TDD-TDD 5G Carrier Aggregation proof-of-concept (PoC) to support the nationwide 5G rollout of stc with expanded coverage and increased capacity.

The PoC took place on stc’s commercial network to demonstrate the benefits of 5G CA for higher peak speeds and increased network capacity. The field results and simulation of the PoC will accelerate the introduction of the 2.3GHz 5G band into the existing 3.5GHz 5G band network, according to the supplier.

Badr Al-Lhieb, VP of Infrastructure Sector at stc, said: “Using 5G carrier aggregation on the two bands will help achieve top scores in speed and aim for the highest 5G throughput in the Kingdom. With the global expertise of Ericsson, we work together to keep developing the stc network to provide our subscribers with the best user experience in the most effective, innovative and efficient way.We are always looking for the latest technology that will propel us towards Saudi Vision 2030.”

Ericsson has been testing 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) carrier aggregation using huge MIMO radios since the first quarter of 2021.

Mathias Johansson, VP and Head of Customer Unit Saudi Arabia and Egypt at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, said: “Carrier aggregation is the foundation for a better 5G. It is an effective means of extending mid- and high-band coverage. expand, which also leads to greater capacity.”

Meanwhile, Ericsson and Middle East operator Ooredoo have announced the successful implementation of a 5G Indoor shareable solution in Qatar. The solution, called Ericsson Indoor Connect 8855, has been commercially deployed in stadiums across the country to enhance the immersive experiences of international tournaments.

The two companies said they achieved download speeds of 1.5Gbps in a 5G indoor demo.

Indoor Connect 8855, part of the Ericsson Radio Dot system, is a multi-operator, multi-vendor solution with full band support and 4×4 MIMO capabilities.

Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar, said: “As 5G creates new use cases across the country, indoor connectivity will play a key role in realizing these opportunities and driving new businesses. offers a wide range of capabilities that help us meet high capacity needs and respond quickly to market demand.We are confident that our partnership with Ericsson for their shareable 5G Indoor solutions will help accelerate indoor networking and deliver the highest possible performance to unlock new 5G capabilities and improve our customers’ experience.”

Ericsson also said this solution also helps service providers address aesthetic challenges while enabling more efficient and cost-effective solutions, adding that service providers can generate up to 50% savings in total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to other solutions on the market. the market .

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