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NOKIA: Nokia and STC to deploy 4.5G technology across Saudi Arabia to meet the next phase of mobile data demand and pave the way to 5G

Press Release

* Nokia to modernize STC's mobile broadband network, expand coverage and
capacity, and optimize network resources using 4.5G features such as
carrier aggregation
* Initial deployment supports millions of visitors to Mecca, meeting peak 4G
traffic demands which increased by 600 percent compared to 2015

18 October 2016

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Nokia and STC have signed an agreement to
expand high-speed mobile broadband capacity and coverage in Saudi Arabia
using Nokia's 4.5G technology. The enhanced network will meet the
ever-increasing demands of subscribers across the country, including the
millions of visitors who travel to the cities of Mecca and Medina each year,
particularly during the Hajj and Ramadan seasons.

Nokia's 4.5G technology leverages techniques such as carrier aggregation to
optimize network resources and boost speeds to meet growing data demands.
Data traffic has increased in Saudi Arabia following the expansion of 4G,
with the network in Mecca and Medina in particular experiencing spikes in

Nokia has already completed the first phase of the deployment in Mecca and
Medina, where the company was asked to dramatically increase capacity. Using
4.5G technology, including Saudi Arabia's first indoor small cells
deployment, STC managed the huge traffic demands during this year's Hajj
pilgrimage, which during peak times recorded an increase in 4G traffic of 600
percent compared to 2015.

Nokia will continue to deploy its 4.5G macro and small cell radio access
network and microwave packet radio technology to provide ubiquitous coverage
and faster access to the Internet across the country. This will allow STC to
launch new services and expand the delivery of voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) to more

This agreement continues a long history of collaboration between Nokia and
STC. Nokia has defined a path to 5G that allows leading operators such as STC
to take advantage of major increases in speed and capacity where and when
they need it using4.5G, 4.5G Pro and 4.9G technologies.

About the solution:

* Expansion of 4G network using Nokia 4.5G radio access network technology
with macro and small cell base stations and software upgrades across the
installed network base including TD-LTE carrier aggregation techniques
* Nokia Microwave Packet Radio
* Nokia turnkey services, network implementation and network planning and
optimization, Care and Managed Services.
* Nokia NetAct network management technology

Dr. Khaled Biyari, STC CEO,
"We are committed to delivering the best possible customer experience to our
subscribers. By delivering the latest mobile broadband technology from Nokia,
we can meet the demands of the people of Saudi Arabia as well as the millions
of visitors that arrive in the country each year."

Amr El Leithy, head of Middle East and Africa at Nokia, said:
"At Nokia we are constantly innovating to help customers optimize resources as
they evolve to meet subscriber demand in the most cost-effective way. Our
4.5G technology is an example of this, and by employing our deep-rooted
services expertise we will quickly roll out the technologies that will allow
STC to meet the next phase of subscriber demand."

Nokia and STC sign agreement


* Web Page:LTE
* Web Page:TD-LTE
* Webpage:Nokia 9500 Microwave Packet Radio
* Web Page :Nokia NetAct
* Press Release:Nokia and STC conduct test of MulteFire technology to bring
LTE-like performance to Wi-Fi®

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About Nokia

Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things.
Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the
company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that
are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.

With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network,
Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers,
governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud
and the Internet of Things.

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