By ; Nahla Makled
Mobily has teamed up with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to trial 5G on
800/1800 MHz band using Ericsson Spectrum Sharing .The trial showed 5G
capabilities in a real-world environment over a live network,
including tests on speed and latency.
Ericsson Spectrum Sharing allows both 4G and 5G to be deployed in the
same band and on the same radio through a software upgrade – instantly
allocating spectrum between the two mobile technologies based on user
demand on a one millisecond (ms) basis. The award-winning solution
will allow Mobily to efficiently manage 4G and 5G traffic in its
network thereby enhancing coverage, performance, and mobility.
Eng. Alaa Malki, Chief Technology Officer at Mobily says: “With
Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, Mobily can improve 5G mid-band coverage
while maintaining the 4G customer experience. Given that this is one
of the strategic steps for Mobily toward 5G standalone deployment
using the same spectrum and radio assets we utilize for 4G."
Ekow Nelson, Vice President at Ericsson Middle East and Africa says:
“The successful 5G trial is an important step in our strategy to
continuously expand and modernize Mobily’s network. Ericsson Spectrum
Sharing is a unique innovation that instantly shares spectrum between
4G and 5G carriers based on traffic demand. This Ericsson innovation
will enable Mobily to use its spectrum assets efficiently and will
drive 5G-wide coverage rollout quickly, smoothly and cost
The Ericsson Spectrum Sharing solution will give Mobily a head-start
in expanding its 5G services, signaling new opportunities, including
in the areas of agriculture, smart cities and healthcare. It can
rapidly enable the continuous coverage required, bringing the full
advantage of network slicing and lower latency to power new business
opportunities across a multitude of industries in cities, on factory
floors, and roads across the Kingdom.