Zain KSA on strategic collaboration spree


Zain KSA announces back-to-back two MoUs, one with Rakuten Symphony and another with Nokia.

Rakuten Symphony and Zain KSA have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It is to enable strategic collaboration in building next-generation telecommunications networks based on open standards and network infrastructure provided by Rakuten Symphony.

Under the terms of the MoU, Rakuten Symphony and Zain KSA will collaborate to accelerate the delivery of mobile network services through the use of open technology that will facilitate and revolutionize wireless infrastructure, with the potential to deliver cost-effective solutions in a quick and efficient manner. Rakuten will work with Zain KSA on a blueprint for a cloud-native, fully virtualized, new-generation radio access solution architecture, which will be Open RAN 4G and 5G-based with advanced automation capabilities.

On the other hand, Zain KSA and Nokia have signed MoU to accelerate sustainability efforts. The two parties will make efforts together to bring down carbon emissions and bridge the digital divide. The MoU reiterates a strong partnership between the two companies and confirms Zain KSA’s unswerving commitment to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 objectives. 

Both Zain KSA and Nokia together will evolve Nokia Self-Organizing Network (SON) use cases to boost energy savings. Through this collaboration, the two parties will make efforts to continue the digitalization journey in the Kingdom, bridging the digital divide and ensuring inclusive access to opportunities.

Eng. Abdulrahman Al-Mufadda, Chief Technology Officer, Zain KSA, said, “We are delighted to work closely with Rakuten Mobile and Rakuten Symphony to drive innovation and deliver top-class services that meet and anticipate the ever-growing demand for reliable, secure, and ultramodern network experiences from our individual and enterprise customers. We are also proud to collaborate with Nokia as part of our strategic priority to maintain a responsible supply chain and drive sustainable business practices, especially as we continue to expand our networks across new sectors. Together we will leverage our expertise to exceed customers’ expectations and find a balance between efficiency and resource optimization. The collaboration will leverage and maximize the strengths of Zain KSA and Rakuten to accelerate innovation and drive the Saudi ICT sector toward achieving Saudi Vision 2030’s goals to transform the Kingdom into a digital hub that fosters a digital economy and hyper-connected society. Whereas, teaming with Nokia would help address environmental issues, we are creating long-term sustainable value and digital solutions that bring us closer to our net-zero target, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”

“We are very excited to collaborate with Zain KSA and share our expertise in building next-generation telecommunication networks. We believe that Rakuten Symphony’s network automation and orchestration solutions for cost-effective network transformation and timely deployment of next-generation network services will help Zain KSA deliver a superior experience to their customers,” said Tareq Amin, CEO, Rakuten Mobile and Rakuten Symphony. 

The signing of MoU with Nokia is in alignment with Zain KSA’s digital-first strategy and its goal of accelerating the inclusive digital transformation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia while driving business growth and scaling up user experiences through a wide range of applications across sectors.

“We believe that digitalization and connectivity are crucial in resolving environmental, social and economic challenges. This positions energy efficiency at the core of our solutions, as we are committed to helping service providers adopt sustainable practices without impacting the quality of their services. Our partnership with Zain KSA will boost our contribution to Saudi Vision 2030 and accelerate the adoption of sustainable practices in the region,” said Eng. Mohammed Al-Keridy, Head – Zain KSA Customer Team, Nokia. 

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