stc Bahrain To Develop MENA’s First 5.5G Network


5.5G network speed will be ten times faster than 5G network and support the latest innovations around AI and the Internet of Things

In line with its vision of transforming Bahrain into a “world-class digital enabler”, stc Bahrain recently revealed plans to develop the foundation for a 5.5G network. stc Bahrain, in partnership with Huawei, will adapt the 5.5G network in the kingdom and the Middle East region.

The move is part of the telecom provider’s strategy to establish and develop the infrastructure to power the next version of 5G (5.5G) within the next three years.

stc Bahrain’s current 5G network covers all areas of the Kingdom and supports 2CC (two cell carriers), enhancing stc Bahrain’s network performance and contributing to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to build a world-class infrastructure that links Bahrain to the global economy.

“stc Bahrain is committed to investing in network infrastructure that positions Bahrain as a global telecommunication and ICT leader. We are incredibly proud to be at the forefront of building Bahrain’s future advanced network connectivity services, paving the way for innovation, and further digital transformation across the Kingdom,” said Eng. Nezar Banabeela, Chief Executive Officer, stc Bahrain.

He added, “As more intelligent applications and demands emerge, we want the infrastructure to be able to support a thriving digital ecosystem and setting the foundation of 5.5G is critical to that future.”

The 5.5G network speed will be ten times faster than the 5G network, and the applications it will support will achieve more than improved connectivity.

stc Bahrain has identified five business capabilities that will be focused on achieving the target network’s ambition: service penetration, efficiency, creativity, resource integration, value competitiveness, and social contribution.

As part of phase one of the vision, major network revamps, and upgrades have been initiated in all network domains, including wireless, Datacom, Transmission, Core, IT and Digital Infrastructure. With the completion of phase one of the project, the stc network will be upgraded and evolved to the latest telecom standards to make the network foundation ready for 5.5G capability (also known as 5G-Advance as per 3GPP standard).

According to the stc Bahrain chief, the 5.5G network will also create opportunities and pave the way to use the latest artificial intelligence innovations and will improve data storage capabilities on a global scale in addition to empowering green technology, nurturing the environment and reducing energy consumption.

After the program, network capability will increase from 3Gbps to 10Gbps. stc Bahrain’s implementation of Artificial Intelligence and digital tools to optimise network management will position the company as a regional innovator and leader in network operations.