Nokia announced that it has successfully piloted 4G and 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) network slicing with Saudi Arabian telecommunications services provider, Mobily on their live commercial network – the first sliced FWA deployment in the world. The ongoing pilot, which took place in the capital city of Riyadh, occurred in a multi-vendor environment and included sliced access, transport and core networks with management and assurance capabilities. The solution will allow Mobily to offer new FWA services to priority consumer and enterprise customers. It also enables slicing per application including voice, data, online gaming or home office applications. 

Read more: Nokia successfully pilot world’s first 4G and 5G FWA network slicing

The head of Swedish telecoms giant Ericsson, Bjorn Ekholm, expressed his concerns over Chinese reprisals after Sweden banned Huawei from taking part in the rollout of 5G networks. “China accounts for eight percent of our revenue. For us it has been a strategically important issue to be present in China,” Ekholm said.

Read more: Ericsson CEO expresses concerns over Chinese retaliation after Huawei ban

Qualcomm announced that it is acquiring server chip designer Nuvia for approximately $1.4 billion. Qualcomm said the acquisition of Nuvia's CPU and technology design team will help the company "meet the demands of next-generation 5G computing", as it is a new step in Qualcomm's efforts to expand beyond the mobile phone market and challenge Intel's lead in the semiconductor market. 

Read more: Qualcomm acquires chip design firm for $1.4 bn

Nokia today announced an expansion of its strategic 5G partnership with Zain KSA to rollout 60,000 FastMile 5G Gateway 3.1 with eSIM across Saudi Arabia over the next 12 months. The gateways will deliver stronger signal, better connectivity and ultra-high data speeds to every corner of homes and offices in the Kingdom. The move allows Zain KSA to support smart home and office adoption in the country with enhanced connectivity for smart devices through 5G and Wi-Fi 6, which altogether guarantee an improved customer experience.

Read more: Nokia, Zain KSA to provide 5G-powered FWA and Wi-Fi 6 to Saudi homes and offices

Under the slogan of ‘New Value Together’, he vendor has strengthened its commitment to the region’s technology ecosystem by confirming its largest ever GITEX Technology Week presence at the 40th anniversary edition of the event. The company is collaborating with partners to showcase how governments and organizations in the Middle East can create new value through synergy across five tech domains.

Read more: Huawei hosts conferences on the 5G ecosystem and data centers at GITEX 2020

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