Mobily and Nokia reach fastest 5G download speed in Middle East

Mobily, a brand under the Saudi Arabian Etihad Etisalat Company, says it has achieved the fastest download speed in the Middle East and North Africa.

The company succeeded in Carrier Aggregation process, resulting in a maximum download speed of 3.8 gigabits per second on the standalone 5G network. This is reportedly the fastest connection that has been tested in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mobily conducted the test with Nokia AirScale base station products, as well as the Carrier Aggregation software package, and a MediaTek 5G M80 modem that supports the Release 16 standard.

The company says this means it will now be able to add 100MHz to its network, offering an improved experience for its 5G users.

“In cooperation with Nokia, frequencies have been integrated within the mid-range spectrum for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa to achieve the fastest connection tested on the 5G network in the region,” said Alaa Malki, Engineer and Chief Technology Officer at Mobily.

“Together we have successfully demonstrated that 5G Carrier Aggregation plays a key role in improving 5G network coverage, capacity, and performance to meet the growing consumer and business demand for advanced mobile services,” said Mikko Lavanti, head of Mobile Networks at Nokia – MEA.

“The trial is further strengthening the long-term relationship between Mobily and Nokia as well as improving the global ranking of Saudi Arabia and Mobily in providing distinctive 5G service.”

Mobily has said it will continue to “enable and enhance” the digital economy of Saudi Arabia through its partnerships and cooperations with international companies, which will lead to product launches and innovations.

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