Cisco signs 5G networks deal with Saudi Telecom

Cisco at MWC 2018Cisco has signed a 5G communication systems and networks deal with Saudi Telecom (STC) as part of its digital transformation.

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Nasser Al-Nasser, chief operating officer, STC, and Ali Amer, managing director, Global Service Provider Sales, Cisco Middle East and Africa, signed the 5G deal at the Mobile World Congress.

This is the first 5G equipment deal for Cisco that competes with Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei and ZTE in the global 5G equipment space.

Cisco will work with STC on its architectural transformation to help unlock the commercial potential of 5G mobile networks – enabling STC to provision network services, such as low-latency, and differentiate its service delivery in the 5G era.

Nasser Al-Nasser, chief operating officer, STC, said: “Our new 5G network architecture will enable us to make the next leap forward by delivering inclusive broadband that transforms how people use technology in their daily lives.”

The transition to 5G forms the foundation for future solutions including smart city, IoT and other vertical services. Virtualization and network automation will play a prominent role in the service provider’s strategic blueprint.