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This article was published on April 6, 2011

    Saudi Arabian Telco Mobily to launch LTE in the third quarter

    Saudi Arabian Telco Mobily to launch LTE in the third quarter
    Fawzi Rahal
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    Fawzi Rahal

    Based in Dubai, Fawzi Rahal is the Editor of The Next Web Middle East and Regional Communications Director at G2. Follow him via Twitter. Yo Based in Dubai, Fawzi Rahal is the Editor of The Next Web Middle East and Regional Communications Director at G2. Follow him via Twitter. You can reach Fawzi at [email protected].

    After last year’s successful LTE trials, Mobily has announced it will be launching LTE in the third quarter of this year.

    LTE is commonly referred to as 4G, the Long Term Evolution technology that allows users to download data starting from 100 Mbps.

    Mobily, a subsidiary of Etisalat, aims at launching their LTE network in Saudi Arabia. CEO Khalid Al Kaf elaborates,

    “We will be building the largest LTE network in the region. We expect to launch LTE by the third quarter of this year and we expect to create a trend for the technology as we did with HSPA+,” Al Kaf told CommsMEA.

    This is part of Mobily’s strategy to focus on data services within the next five years.

    Mobily claims it had increased its mobile broadband subscriber base to 2.3 million customers, with 18% of its revenue from data services.