STC Kuwait announces commercial 5G SA infrastructure
STC Kuwait has announced that it is commercially launching its 5G standalone (SA) services in the city alongside Kuwait’s 2035 vision for the telecoms industry.
The telecommunications company claims to have “the widest scale 5G deployment coverage on sub-3GHz and 2.1GHz bands in the MENA region.” STC has also said that it has “enhanced its infrastructure with the deployment of a Business Support System.”
In a statement, STC hinted that it has progressed its 5G SA developments to advance its network infrastructure, which aims to enable the telecom industry to transform into an as-a-Service model.
“The 5G SA technology will lower user-traffic latency to address key issues related to interruptions in the gaming experience, while kicking off-market interest in new rich forms of gaming technology like Virtual Reality (VR). 5G SA will also feature higher levels of security that utilize the best industry know-how to provide robustness to telecom networks," STC said in the statement.
STC’s 5G SA infrastructure also hopes to enable the company to become Cloud Native and Edge Native.
Cloud native and edge native: What’s the difference?
Cloud native technology refers to a company’s ability to build and run applications through the use of cloud computing. Using this architecture, businesses are able to respond to customer demands sooner and bring suggestions or ideas to their relevant markets faster than if they weren’t using the technology.
Whereas cloud applications and created using the cloud, edge native applications are built using edge computing. In a blog post defining the differences between cloud native and edge native approaches, Tom Bittman said: “Cloud-native apps are designed to leverage effectively unlimited horizontal scaling, with rapid change and rapid deployment as key. Innovation (at scale) is also central.
“Edge-native, on the other hand, is focused on real-time and dynamic automation of physical systems (things and people). Existing apps becoming cloud-native began as monolithic, back office apps. Existing apps that are becoming edge-native began as embedded computing, operational technology (OT) or independent end-user devices.
Bittman concluded that different apps have different requirements with the differences between cloud and native primarily revolving around “stability versus agility, vertical versus horizontal scale and monolithic versus microservices,” he said.
ZTE Corporation drives Cellcard’s 5G ambitions for Cambodia
Serving a quarter of the world’s population, ZTE Corporation has been dedicated to enabling connectivity and trust since 1985, offering end-to-end product lines and integrated solutions for the telecommunications industry.
With more than 10% of annual revenue invested into research and development centres in the United States, Sweden and China, ZTE Corporation prides itself on owning more than 38,000 patents.
Now, the company has its sights set on the future, specifically the global commercial deployment of 5G and the opportunities that it brings.
Cellcard’s CEO Ian Watson is determined the telco will be the first to achieve full 5G coverage in Cambodia – in part to take advantage of the esports opportunity.
“Sixty per cent of the Cambodian population is under 30,” Watson told Mobile Magazine. “So you have this segment that can drive a lot of revenue for telcos. We realised from the research and industry trends that esports was becoming a huge phenomenon in Cambodia. So we said, what can we do to bring this to the youth? And the answer is in the network: consistency, low latency. It’s not just about the price: it’s about the consistency, quality and everything else.”
Cellcard, part of the Royal Group of Companies, signed a deal with ZTE Corporation for the introduction of 5G and increase of 4G coverage and capacity across Cambodia at the end of 2020.
The agreement cemented plans for the rolling out of 5G as well as evolving its 4G LTE coverage and quality – a significant financial investment that will position Cambodia as one of the leading nations in the region for 5G adoption.
This transformation of the ICT sector will directly impact citizens’ lives through technologies such as IoT, Big Data, AI, and AR to help drive a strong Cambodian economy.