Nokia inks deals with Zain to expand IoT footprint in Saudi Arabia
One of the agreements stipulated the implementation of Nokia’s WING platform for the delivery of IoT solutions for enterprises
Nokia and Zain Saudi Arabia have signed two memorandums of understanding that will enable the Arab carrier to launch IoT services and applications and provide end-to-end solutions to enterprise and public sector segments in Saudi Arabia.
Zain and Nokia will work together to provide solutions including IoT, cloud services, security applications and high-speed network connectivity.
As part of the first MoU, Zain will leverage Nokia’s Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING) to launch IoT services, and the two companies will work towards the development of a strong IoT ecosystem in the country.
Nokia’s WING platform allows operators to quickly launch new IoT services and applications for enterprise customers. The platform provides managed services for IoT and allows service providers to launch IoT services with minimal investment in the infrastructure. The two companies will also explore joint marketing for the IoT solutions and ways of accelerating the IoT partner ecosystem.
The second MoU stipulates that Zain and Nokia will partner to provide enterprise solutions including radio, cloud, IoT and security solutions to enterprises from different verticals, such as public safety, aviation, energy, transport, healthcare and water.
“Accelerating our IoT and smart cities initiatives through Nokia’s IoT platform, WING and ancillary professional services, will enable us to build a modern IoT infrastructure and provide services to improve productivity and lifestyle comfort,” said Sultan Abdulaziz AlDeghaither, CEO of Zain Saudi Arabia. “We will collaborate to explore new business models, technical requirements and use cases for the launch of IoT services.”
“Businesses now demand technology solutions that enable them to digitalize their operations and reduce their operational expenses while enhancing their productivity,” said Saad A. Al-Sadhan, chief business and wholesale officer for Zain Saudi Arabia. “This partnership will allow us to create innovative and secure solutions for our enterprise and public sector customers, which will help us deliver superior services and increase our revenue. This is also in keeping with the National Transformation Plan 2020 and Vision 2030 to build a thriving business environment.”
“These two important MoUs pave the way for the acceleration of Zain KSA’s digitalization efforts toward transformation of Saudi Arabia. We look forward to working with the operator to support them in creating IoT use cases and applications for its enterprise subscribers,” said Ali Jitawi, head of the Zain Saudi Arabia customer team at Nokia.
During Mobile World Congress 2019, Nokia expanded its WING offering with IoT applications for operators to address new vertical markets.
The four new solutions announced by Nokia include Smart Agriculture as-a-Service, Livestock Management as-a-Service, Logistics as-a-Service and Asset Management as-a-Service.