Mobily partners with Ericsson to expand 5G industry use cases in Saudi Arabia
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Mobily partners with Ericsson to expand 5G industry use cases in Saudi Arabia

Mobily partners with Ericsson to expand 5G industry use cases in Saudi Arabia

The collaboration will showcase the importance and capabilities of private networks in a variety of industries

Divsha Bhat

Ericsson and Mobily have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand the 5G use cases in different industries in Saudi Arabia.

Designed to meet IT and operation technology (OT) users’ self-management needs while keeping sensitive data safe on-site, Ericsson Private 5G will offer secure and simple 4G LTE and 5G standalone (SA) connectivity that optimises and simplifies business operations, coupled with a cloud-based network management portal and a troubleshooting application.

In addition, having zero-downtime upgrades and keeping sensitive data on-premise, Ericsson’s private network will provide high-performance through service-level agreements (SLAs), a statement said.

Being an easy to install and flexible network, supporting a range of deployment sizes, Ericsson Private 5G will also support use cases across a range of industrial sectors, including manufacturing, mining, ports, and airports, as well as oil and gas and power utilities.

Eng Alaa Malki, chief technology officer at Mobily, said: “By exploring innovative use cases across several industries in Saudi Arabia, we will not only help unlock growth opportunities for public and private sector enterprises in the kingdom but will also propel the nation towards achieving its digital transformation ambitions in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”

The Ericsson Private 5G builds upon Ericsson’s 4G/5G radio and dual-mode core technology and will accelerate the digitalisation journey across multiple industries. Use cases range from tracking assets real-time automation to enhanced productivity, optimising business operations through digital twins and data driven insights, performing better site inspections or remote-controlled robotics to increase worker safety, and leveraging the capabilities of digital technologies such as augmented reality to enhance worker capabilities.

Ekow Nelson, vice president at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, added: “Ericsson Private 5G will allow Mobily to better support their enterprise customers more effectively. High throughput and low latency mean enterprises will be able to run multiple use cases on a single network while ensuring critical data remains on-site via best-in-class security. Reliable 5G connectivity will accelerate digital transformation in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.”

Ericsson and Mobily will identify critical industries from ports to manufacturing and logistics where 5G use cases could be deployed.

Last year, Mobily announced an agreement with Ericsson to recycle expired and discarded electronic devices in ways that contribute to preserving the environment.

Read: Mobily and Ericsson sign agreement to recycle old electronic devices in Saudi Arabia

Mobily had said that it will join the Ericsson Product Take-Back Programme in accordance with the agreement to improve customer convenience and recycle discarded electronic devices for safe and responsible disposal.

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