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Nokia advances digital transformation to further Saudi Vision 2030

Saudi Vision 2030 aims to open doors to the world by promoting the Kingdom as the next big digital powerhouse not just in the Arab and Islamic region, but also the entire world.

Building a world-class telecommunication system and creating high-tech and smart industries through digital transformation are the key themes of the Vision. Saudi Arabia wants to become one of the top 15 nations to adopt Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Digital Transformation (DX). 

Nokia, with its field-proven telecom network technology solutions, has been partnering with the Ministry of Communication and Information Telecommunication (MCIT), Communications Service Providers (CSPs) and enterprises in Saudi to digitally transform themselves to enhance productivity and operational efficiency. 

“Digital transformation is crucial to capturing new market opportunities in the Gulf region and beyond, especially so in the Post COVID-19 world when the businesses were forced to move operations to digital platforms to maintain business continuity. For Saudi Arabia, it is also critical to build a more diverse and sustainable economy. We are collaborating with the Government, CSPs and enterprises in the Kingdom for several initiatives to help the country’s businesses leverage the power of technology for growth,” says Khalid Hussain, Saudi Country Senior Officer at Nokia. 

Partnering with MCIT to Drive Digital Transformation 

Nokia partnered with the MCIT in 2019 to advance the goals of Vision 2030 through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU aimed at launching a global centre for software development and support in the Kingdom. Further, the partnership also envisaged establishing a Bell Labs Research unit in the Kingdom.The partnership reiterates our fundamental role in quickening the pace of digital transformation for a digital society and digital economy in the Kingdom.

Nokia’s software portfolio leads in high growth areas such as virtualization, digital infrastructure, network orchestration and automation, AI/machine learning, and cognitive analytics, hence Nokia is the best-in-class partner to work closely with MCIT. The company ranks as the top telecom software and services provider by market share.

Building World-class 5G Infrastructure

Nokia is also working with all the three Saudi service providers, stc, Zain and Mobily, to build best-in-class 5G networks, which will play a vital role in the DX of the businesses. 

“5G allows service providers to provide ultra-high-speed and extremely low latency, which enables several new use cases like Industry 4.0, smart cities and autonomous vehicles, among others. This allows businesses to accelerate digital transformation to grow their productivity and business,” says Khalid. 

Additionally, Nokia is sharing its global experiences and insights with Saudi Arabia. Through Business Finland, the country is bringing Finnish innovation in digitization in several sectors like industrial automation, health, IoT, mining, energy and mission-critical use cases. This will help allow the business sectors to expedite the development towards a digitized economy. A mature digital ecosystem is crucial for smooth and seamless digital transformation. Over the last two decades, Nokia has emerged as Saudi’s true technology partner as it plays a pivotal role in growing the Kingdom’s digital profile and moving closer to Vision 2030. 

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