Nokia Bell Labs, the Finnish vendor’s research division, is working with Saudi energy company Aramaco, owned by Saudi Aramco, are working to develop 5G-related Industry 4.0 cases and proofs for “priority industrial sectors” in Saudi Arabia – and the wider Middle East and Africa region (“and globally”). The pair have signed a “non-binding research and development collaboration agreement”, they said.
It follows the launch of Aramco’s own digital services business, called Aramco Digital Company. A press note specified oil and gas, utilities, mining, manufacturing, and logistics as target sectors. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) sets out to “collaborate on research and development efforts, develop joint proof-of-concept solutions, and validate technologies in real-world deployments”.