stc announces the first deployment of 5G stand-alone in MENA region

Sep 11, 2020

stc announces the first deployment of 5G stand-alone in MENA region

As the first in the region to achieve this remarkable milestone, stc announced today the first deployment of 5G SA and “5G Voice over New Radio” service in live network. This technologically innovative accomplishment will enable stc to deploy enhanced data and voice services over an agile, cloud native, next generation end-to-end 5G network. The 5G SA core network is an outright paradigm shift in the way the world looks at networks. It provides the ability to not only provide very high data throughput but also ultra-low latency, along with highest possible service availability.
Additionally, stc's 5G SA core network platform is a truly cloud-native and containerized / micro-service based architecture. The objective is to allow for a smooth and continuous service innovation, rapid use case developments and application prototyping. It will also ensure an open and scalable service ecosystem.
At the same time, the true 5G enabled Voice Service (VoNR) is the latest evolution of voice call solution that offers 5G users true High Definition “HD” Voice and Video calls on a 5G (SA) network, without the need for the classical fall-back to a 4G LTE network. With these 5G developments, stc will be able to build a powerful and secure digital ecosystem, where enterprises and consumers can benefit from more innovative services tailored to their exact needs. Always available and highest quality voice and video calls are the foundation of the contemporary telecom ethos.
Eng. Haithem Alfaraj, SVP, Technology and Operations, stc, said:: “New 5G services will continue to be top priorities for our customers. We are very proud of our continued technological push to reinforce stc’s leading position in the region. We believe this is just the beginning of stc’s digital service innovation. stc is determined to bring to market the most advanced technologies and solutions, to deliver total digital transformation. Every technology and service innovation we accomplish comes with the high objective of offering the best quality services to our valued customers. The launch of 5G SA network and 5G VoNR service is a real life translation of our DARE strategy, stc’s digital transformation aspirations and in line with the objectives of the Kingdom’s National Vision 2030.”