Saudi Arabian operator Zain KSA has announced its launch of a 5G local area network (5G LAN). This, it says, makes it the first operator in the Middle East and North Africa to adopt the technology. It made the announcement during MWC 2022.
Zain KSA says it will provide its subscribers, mainly in the business sector, with a virtual local 5G network fully reliant on 5G standalone (5G SA) technology, supporting an unmatched modern, reliable and secure experience regardless of the number of connected devices and the nature of network connections.
By providing a 5G LAN experience, Zain KSA says it will define the requirements of its B2B subscribers through utilizing futuristic 5G use cases and applications over the mobile network.
It adds that 5G LAN technology will eliminate businesses’ need for costly hardware investments and relevant maintenance contracts as well as their need to build and develop an independent local network.
By deploying 5G standalone technology, Zain KSA says it is consolidating its B2B portfolio, providing Internet of Things services, robotic services, artificial intelligence services, drones and augmented reality.
Zain KSA’s 5G network extends across Saudi Arabia with more than 5,000 towers delivering reliable, high-quality connectivity with high speeds that, the company says, are among the fastest in the world.