Saudi’s mobile telephony service provider, Zain KSA and Finnish vendor, Nokia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on transforming Jeddah, one of the largest cities in Saudi Arabia into smart city by 2018.
Under the terms of MoU, the duo will deploy advanced networking technologies in Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Cloud Connect, thereby making Jeddah a better business city and a place with better quality of life. Parallel to the investments on networks betterment, the companies will also focus on customer experience management tools, security and reliability of the networks.
Throughout the two-year, Nokia will improve the network capacity and efficiency of mobile networks of Zain KSA, leading to 5G access across the city. “Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia – and thanks to our collaboration with Nokia, it will also be a smart city. Introducing IoT to all walks of life is a top priority for Zain KSA, and Nokia’s Smart City solutions will provide us with a framework for enriching the lives of the people in Jeddah,” Sultan AlDeghaither, Chief Technology Officer of Zain said.
Ali Aljitawi, Head of Zain KSA Customer Team at Nokia, said, “The world is becoming more urbanized, with exponentially more connected devices. For every device connected to the Internet today, 10 more will join it in the near future. Through IoT and smart city concepts, we can automate our lives by connecting mobile devices to appliances, lights, roadways and just about everything – a shift that will improve efficiency and enable economic, social and environmental sustainability. We believe that the Jeddah Smart City concept can be a model for smart cities not just in the Kingdom, but across the region and the world.”