Saudi Telecom Company (stc) is deploying CommScope’s new 30-port antennas as it looks to demonstrate use cases for next generation wireless technologies.
The deployment is one of the first of this technology anywhere in the world. The customised antennas will enable stc to support more technologies with less weight and wind-load on towers, solving the challenge of overburdened infrastructure and giving adequate room to deploy 5G equipment.
Stc has previously used CommScope’s antennas, including a customised design for 16-port antennas to support increased densification of its 4G/LTE network. With this new design, stc aims to keep pace with the demands of Saudi Arabia and expand into new markets.
Hisham A. Alabdaly, Infrastructure Design, general manager, stc, said: “Diversification in the KSA economy mandates the need for further investment in advanced digital technologies, to pave the way for a future of massive connectivity. Piloting 5G-ready technologies will enable stc to lead the advancement of a modern society while harnessing new and emerging technologies, delivering unlimited network capacities for video services and many other modern high-tech industries.”
Femi Oshiga, vice president of Service Providers for the Middle East and Africa, CommScope, said: “These antennas will improve the mobile experience of stc customers where they live and work, and it will pave the way towards wide deployment of 5G services.”