Achievements with a record period
When Zain Saudi Arabia launched the fifth generation (5G) network, it had a clear plan on how to extend this service to all regions of the Kingdom, with the same quality and efficiency. It launched from 20 cities, initially through 2000 towers, as part of an integrated expansion plan, to move today and within 12 months only to cover 47 cities with more than 4000 towers. The company continues to expand by publishing the fifth generation coverage, targeting new cities on the one hand, and on the other hand further expansion in the cities previously covered by the fifth generation, by updating coverage maps on a weekly basis on the company’s website.
In parallel, the company was keen to keep pace with the geographical expansion by enhancing the quality of the service provided by integrating the frequencies of its 5G network. Consequently, Zain Saudi Arabia was the first telecom operator in the world to provide this feature to its customers, which enables Internet speed to reach 2.4 gigabits per second, providing a better and faster experience in using the Internet of Things, electronic games and the business sector in an unprecedented way.
Based on its national role, Zain Saudi Arabia has been keen to put its fifth generation network in the service of the Kingdom’s digital transformation process, and in a way that contributes to raising the ceiling of innovation for a more advanced future through an integrated knowledge-based society and economy, possessing the latest technologies and services drawn by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. The company was As a major partner in upgrading 5G services in many major facilities and national events, it launched the 5G network at Neom Bay Airport, and provided pilgrims with a pioneering experience in the 2019 Hajj season by covering the main areas in Makkah and the holy sites with the 5G network. And the fifth generation services were made available during the launch of the tourist visa in the Kingdom, in addition to the coverage of Al-Jouf University with the fifth generation network, and sponsoring many events such as the Diriyah season 2019 and the PUBG competition.
The fastest in the Kingdom and the region
Over the past 12 months, Zain Saudi Arabia has been the focus of attention of the concerned parties in the communications and information technology sector in the Kingdom, which have been closely monitoring the significant improvements achieved by the company and the quality investments it makes in this important sector. Soon, Zain Saudi Arabia’s efforts bore qualitative results in the reports of these entities, as it covered all administrative regions in the Kingdom with the fifth generation, taking first place in 12 out of 13 administrative areas, according to Meqyas report issued by the Communications and Information Technology Commission. The company also topped the list of telecommunications companies, in the latency category of the most used electronic games in the Kingdom, where Zain ranked first in speed of access to 4 out of 5 games measured by the report, including: Fortnite, FIFA20, APEX, and League Legends. In terms of latency for the most used video conferencing applications in the Kingdom, Zain Saudi Arabia was the fastest service in the Zoom and Microsoft Teams apps.
These local results achieved by Zain Saudi Arabia gained an international depth, exemplified by international acclaim for Zain’s supremacy. As the company was able to achieve this achievement thanks to its network expansion and qualitative investments in infrastructure. The company’s accomplishments were recognized by many awards, most notably the award for Best Infrastructure for the 5G Network at the Telecom Review Summit for Telecom Sector Leaders, and the Best Operator in the Middle East Award for the Year 2019 from CommsMEA Magazine.
A rising digital star
The qualitative and rapid achievements made by Zain Saudi Arabia during a record period have contributed to placing it under the microscope of global media institutions and those specialized in communications and information technology research. Analysys Mason, a specialist in the fields of consulting and research in communications, media and technology, described the achievements of Zain with the qualitative breakthroughs in the field of FWA fixed wireless access for the fifth generation (5G) networks in the Kingdom, as the company demonstrated its technical capabilities in developing retail offerings. Backed by high-performance client devices and providing services in ways that are fast and accurate. The aforementioned report, which covers more than 110 countries around the world, revealed that Zain Saudi Arabia was able to bear the costs of launching the fifth generation (5G) network by developing a new revenue source using fixed wireless access for the fifth generation (5G) networks. This rapid progress has, in turn, enabled Zain to better build its subscriber base, while starting to generate revenues from the deployment of 5G networks.
As for OpenSignal, a company that specializes in mapping wireless coverage and data sources for all operators around the world, in its report published in September 2020, it praised the performance of Zain Saudi Arabia, stressing that it has achieved, among the most improved among operators from around the world, a significant improvement in video broadcast services. , Whose rate of improvement reached 26%. And named “Zain Saudi Arabia” the title of the rising global star in the experience of video broadcasting.
Zain Saudi Arabia, through its achievements in the fifth generation network, has also contributed to supporting the digital transformation of the Kingdom and enhancing its global competitiveness in the telecommunications and information technology sector. Saudi Arabia, in the OpenSignal classification, ranked first in the speed of downloading the fifth generation network, with a speed of 144.5 Mbps In the second, followed by Canada, and then South Korea.
It seems clear that what Zain Saudi Arabia achieved within one year was not a coincidence. Rather, it came to culminate the efforts made in planning, qualitative investment, research, development and innovation. These are characteristics that have always characterized the march of the company, whether in its services or products, or even its national and community responsibility. Behind these accomplishments are young Saudi women and men with distinguished competencies and high motivation who follow the inspiration of the leadership of this blessed country, with an ambition that struck the limit of the sky and a solid will that did not delay adopting dreams to become a bright reality.
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