stc Bahrain launches region’s 1st 5G Standalone network with Huawei

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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stc Bahrain, a world-class digital enabler, has launched the first 5G Standalone network in the Kingdom.

The Standalone 5G network will enable a new set of communication services for both consumers and enterprises, through ubiquitous connections and high computing capabilities that can be delivered to individuals for their diverse services, such as high-resolution video, VR, AR, and multimedia, online data communication, and more.

The launch is in collaboration with the global leading ICT solutions provider, Huawei. The network is defined by its lack of dependence on the 4G layer or the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network.

The 5G Standalone network will lead towards higher complexity 5G eMBB, URLLc, mMTC services categories, and will support both public services categories like public security, transportation, banking, consumer services, and enterprise category including manufacturing, petroleum, port, healthcare and education, etc.

Nezar Banabeela
Eng. Nezar Banabeela
CEO – stc Bahrain

“stc Bahrain has consistently been at the forefront of pushing latest technologies beyond just mere enhancements to approaching capabilities closer to full fledged 5G. Through this achievement, we are laying the foundation for further milestones, service availability and inclusivity of the fundamental capabilities that are included in stc Bahrain network to cover all the forecasted 5G network use cases.”

As the ultimate form of 5G networks, Standalone 5G supports advanced network- functions, mobile edge computing (MEC) and Uplink Centric broadband connectivity, that will scale up both B2B and B2C services in the kingdom of Bahrain, unleashing a new set of ideas that stc Bahrain can offer the market.

The digital advancements are considered a significant stepping stone for stc Bahrain, ensuring new economic opportunities and efficiencies for communication services in the Kingdom.

Mr. Ethan Sunxiaofei, CEO of Huawei Bahrain said that “Huawei is dedicated to providing our strategic partner stc Bahrain with the latest innovative 5G networks technology. As it will form the future networks that relies on a combination of mainstream and alternative technologies across efficient spectrum use together with AI and Cloud.”

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