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STC deploys O-RAN carrier aggregation on live network

STC's achievement illustrates its plan to develop O-RAN to meet a variety of customer needs.

In collaboration with Rakuten Symphony, Solutions by STC and Cisco, STC has become one of the first operators in the MENA region to successfully deploy a carrier aggregation capable O-RAN mobile infrastructure.

Deployment was made on an open stack nature with different radio suppliers, which showcases the true potential of O-RAN technology to transform Radio Access Networks towards an open and fully interoperable RAN.

Developing and deploying cloud-native RAN technology is aligned with STC’s strategic goal to provide the foundation for a strong digital future, while enhancing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s digital transformation strategy.  

With the global race to adopt O-RAN for broader network deployment, the achievement of STC demonstrates its direction in the development of O-RAN to fulfill diverse customer requirements.

Eng. Bader A. Allhieb, VP, Infrastructure, STC, said: “Our commitment has always been to deliver a best-in-class mobile network to our deserving customers. Technological transformation is a keystone of STC’s business strategy and the carrier aggregation feature is an exciting milestone in STC’s O-RAN journey. STC will continue to endeavour to always lead the market towards digital transformation, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”