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Samsung teams with Saudi firm for WiMax deployment

Saudi Arabia’s Bayanat Al-Oula has partnered up with Samsung to deploy what they say will be the region’s largest WiMax network.

The two companies announced the deal this week, which will see Samsung supply mobile WiMax equipment and devices to the telecom services provider over a two-year period. Bayanat Al-Oula said it will initially launch commercial services using the technology in the cities of Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, and Makkah before later expanding services nationwide.

"We envision that mobile WiMax will revolutionise data services in the same way that mobile network technology revolutionised voice services," Bayanat Al-Oula CEO Abdulmajeed Elshawa said.

The companies said they expect to see the technology adopted in other parts of the region following the commercialisation of mobile WiMax in the Kingdom.

Samsung already supplies mobile WiMax equipment in Europe, Asia, and the US.

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