Zain KSA achieves 5G speed of 1.9 Gbps during trials

Zain KSA has achieved a 5G speed of 1.9 Gbps during a trial of Nokia’s AirScale Indoor Radio System (ASiR) at its headquarters in Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Nokia AirScale small cell
The trial leveraged the Nokia 5G AirScale, which is an enhanced indoor solution with a centralized and scalable architecture. The trial’s high-speeds were achieved at 3.5GHz including multi-band ASiR-pRRH and with E-UTRAN New Radio – Dual Connectivity (EN-DC).

Nokia’s ASiR solution supports all major network technologies and is designed to easily upgrade from 4G to 5G NR with minimal on-site disruption. It includes indoor small cells that deliver a consistent 5G user experience with high data rates across multiple floors, including open and partitioned office spaces, as well as meeting rooms.

Zain KSA launched commercial 5G services in October 2019 in Saudi Arabia and now covers 50 cities across the kingdom enabled by more than 4,600 towers.

“Nokia deployed its 5G indoor solution quickly, with minimal disruption and achieved incredibly high-speeds during this trial,” Abdul Rahman AlMufadda, Zain KSA CTO, said in a statement.