Saudi resort to host zero-carbon 5G network

Saudi resort to host zero-carbon 5G network

Saudi Arabian service provider Zain and Red Sea Global (RSG), a multi-project developer, have unveiled what they call the world's first zero-carbon 5G network at the Six Senses Southern Dunes resort at The Red Sea Project on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.

The Red Sea, as the project is known, is a vast land and property project focusing on luxury and ecotourism to attract visitors to the Red Sea coast. It is expected to be completed by 2030. Six Senses Southern Dunes is set to open during the first phase of development of The Red Sea, which is on track to be completed by the end of 2023.

The zero-carbon 5G network, designed exclusively for The Red Sea, will bring guests the highest speeds for 5G connectivity in the region and be powered by 100% renewable energy from over 760,000 solar panels that Red Sea Global has built to power the entire 28,000 square kilometre destination.

Designed using innovative 3D printing technology, the project will achieve three primary goals: preserving the environment, reducing emissions by utilizing renewable energy, and mitigating visual distortion. In addition the towers have been built to blend harmoniously with the landscape.

The creation of the 5G network aligns with Vision 2030's goals of elevating clean energy reliance, curbing carbon emissions, and safeguarding the environment. Vision 2030 is a government programme that aims to increased economic diversification.

Due to open its doors to its first guests later this year, The Red Sea will consist of 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites once completed. The destination will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, F&B, and leisure facilities.

Red Sea Global is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia.

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