Saudi Arabia's futuristic $500-billion new city Neom has announced its first step towards creating the world's leading cognitive cities that rely on leading technology for digital services with the signing of a deal with leading telecom major stc group.
As per the deal, the duo will establish a 5G network infrastructure aimed at accelerating Neom's digital ambitions.
Neom's next generation cognitive cities will support its cutting-edge urban environments, improving the lives of residents and businesses far beyond the capabilities of today's smart cities.
It will use one of the most advanced 5G technology in the world, to enable the proactive exchange and analysis of data between Neom residents and city infrastructure.
In addition to the one-year contract to develop the network, the partnership also includes the development of an innovation center in Neom to explore new 5G opportunities, it added.
The stc will build a wireless 5G network enabling present and future 5G applications across Neom.
With a speed and capacity 10 times higher than standard 4G networks, 5G in Neom will enable numerous segments such as Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, virtual reality, augmented reality, smart homes, and autonomous vehicles. It will also provide the public safety network for Neom security services.
Commenting on the agreement, Neom CEO Nadhmi Al Nasr said: "We are glad to form this partnership with a leading national digital enabler such as stc to support our ambition and goal to be an accelerator of human progress and to create the world's leading digitally sustainable, cognitive cities. Neom's infrastructure will utilize AI, robotics, and human-machine fusion to deliver greater predictive intelligence and enable faster decision making across all Neom sectors."
"The procurement and deployment of a future-proof wireless network is a critical first for Neom in realising our goal of driving innovation in the future digital economy," stated Al Nasr.
CEO of stc Group, Engineer Nasser bin Sulaiman Al Nasser said: "This agreement reflects our commitment to enabling digital transformation and providing digital solutions across the kingdom."
"We are proud to have been chosen to build the infrastructure for the 5G network and an innovation centre in Neom - the land of the future and a model for sustainability, innovation, development, and prosperity. This agreement comes in line with stc's vision as a digital enabler to develop infrastructure and provide the latest technologies that will enrich the experience of societies and foster innovation, which in turn will contribute to improve the customer experience and moving the digital transformation forward," he added.
As per the deal, Neom will also trial and test 5G solutions that will allow it to lead in fast-growing, future-focused sectors such as robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and human machine interface technologies.
Leveraging such technology will open up the enormous potential of Neom as a new economic driver across a range of industry sectors for the kingdom.-TradeArabia News Service