Saudi Telecom to launch 3G mobile phone services

JEDDAH — The Saudi Telecom Company plans to launch third generation mobile phone services this year in all major cities of the Kingdom.

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Published: Tue 28 Mar 2006, 9:35 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 3:39 PM

"We'll launch 3G service with all the related services," Saud Al-Duwaish, acting STC chairman, said in Riyadh recently. He hoped that 3G service would strengthen the STC's position as the market leader in the Kingdom.

Al-Duwaish did not say when the company would actually launch the 3G service, which is expected to improve telecommunication services in the country.

The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) granted a 3G mobile licence to the Saudi telecom giant in July last year for SR753.7 million. At that time CITC chief Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwail told reporters his organisation expected STC to provide 3G services to the public within the next 18 months.

With the upgrade to 3G, customers would be able to access the features of the advanced 3G services at higher transmission speeds and convenience. In order to use the new services and higher transmission speeds, customers would need 3G-enabled mobile handsets.

STC is facing tough competition from Mobily, the Kingdom's second mobile service provider. Mobily showcased its new 3G technology in February. The technology that revolutionises telecommunications with unique features would enable callers to view each other in real time during the course of the call, identify a caller's position using GPS technology or watch satellite television channels.

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