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Zain Saudi Arabia teams up with Nokia to Provide IoT and Enterprise Solutions

By Ken Briodagh

Zain Saudi Arabia and Nokia recently signed two important Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona that reportedly will enable Zain to quickly launch IoT services and applications and provide innovative end-to-end solutions to enterprise and public sector segments in Saudi Arabia. The collaboration will help Zain KSA to further its digitalization initiatives to transform Saudi Arabia in line with the National Transformation Plan 2020 and Vision 2030.

Zain KSA and Nokia said they will work together to provide Saudi Arabia with the latest innovative solutions including IoT, cloud services, security applications, and reliable and high-speed network connectivity solutions. By using Zain KSA's existing infrastructure and network connectivity coupled with Nokia's solutions, the mobile operator hopes to digitalize its services, increase agility and be fully secure with optimized CAPEX and OPEX investment.

As part of the first MoU, Zain KSA will leverage Nokia's Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) to launch IoT services and the two companies will work towards the development of a strong IoT ecosystem in the country.

According to the second MoU, Zain and Nokia will partner to provide innovative enterprise solutions including radio, cloud, IoT and security solutions to enterprises from different verticals, such as public safety, aviation, energy, transport, healthcare and water.

“Accelerating our IoT and smart cities initiatives through Nokia's superior IoT platform, WING and ancillary professional services, will enable us to build a modern IoT infrastructure and provide services to improve productivity and lifestyle comfort,” said Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, CEO of Zain Saudi Arabia. “We will collaborate to explore new business models, technical requirements and use cases for the launch of IoT services."

“These two important MoUs pave the way for the acceleration of Zain KSA's digitalization efforts toward transformation of Saudi Arabia. We look forward to working with the operator to support them in creating IoT use cases and applications for its enterprise subscribers,” said Ali Jitawi, head of the Zain Saudi Arabia customer team, Nokia. “Further, the enterprises, both large and small, want to use the latest technologies to enhance collaboration and bring down their operational expenditure. Our world-class and proven products along with Zain KSA's robust network infrastructure is a winning combination to address the demands of the enterprises in the country.”


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Edited by Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director

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