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STC teams with Nokia Siemens Networks to ensure network availability and up to 42Mbit/s mobile broadband during annual pilgrimage
November 30, 2011
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Saudi Telecom Company (STC) has once again successfully handled the upsurge in mobile traffic during the holy Hajj pilgrimage, which in the western calendar took place this year between 3 to 9 November. Nokia Siemens Networks, STC’s preferred mobile equipment and services supplier, ensured connectivity for thousands of STC subscribers and millions of pilgrims. There was an average increase of 500%, and a peak increase of 760%, in STC’s 3G traffic during the pilgrimage. Despite this huge increase in traffic and capacity load, network performance remained high, providing an optimal service for pilgrims. Nokia Siemens Networks is the sole GSM and 3G radio supplier for STC’s network in Mecca, Medina, and other pilgrim areas, and has been providing Hajj service support for over a decade.
The Hajj is a week-long pilgrimage when millions of visitors move through Masha'er; from Mina to Muzdalifah along to Arafat, an area of 15 square kilometers. Nokia Siemens Networks’ association with the Hajj pilgrimage dates back to the year 2001, when it built STC’s network in Mecca to accommodate the heavy traffic during Ramadan*. This year, the peak hour traffic reached one million erlangs** on the day of Eid on November 6.
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