Saudi mobile telephony operator Zain KSA and Finnish vendor Nokia have signed a MoU to collaborate on a Smart City initiative in Jeddah.

The two companies will apply advanced networking technologies in  Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing to connect and manage a wide array of devices, vehicles, homes and applications.

Nokia said that the implementation of these technologies will improve municipal services and enhance the business climate in the city.

“Jeddah is the second biggest city in Saudi Arabia – and thanks to our collaboration with Nokia, it will also be a Smart City. Introducing IoT in all walks of life is a top priority for Zain KSA,” company CTO Sultan Al Deghaither said.

The two companies will employ advanced network and customer experience management tools to ensure smooth and seamless operation across many sectors and locations.

Under the two-year initiative, Zain and Nokia will enhance the network capacity, accessibility and efficiency of Zain KSA’s mobile broadband network in Jeddah, eventually leading to 5G access.

The Smart City initiative also stipulates the expansion of small cells and Wi-Fi deployments across the city.