Saudi Mobily in $650m financing deal with Ericsson, says NSN

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Saudi Arabia’s Mobily has signed memorandum of understandings with Nokia Siemens Networks and Ericsson to fund the purchase of $650 million of equipment from the firms, the telecom operator said on Sunday.

Mobily, also known as Etihad Etisalat, said it would work with the Finland and Sweden export credit agencies to finalize the 10-year sharia-compliant facilities.

The operator, an affiliate of the United Arab Emirates’ Etisalat, said the deal would be the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia’s telecom sector and would boost the company’s free cash flow.

Mobily has mandated Credit Agricole and Deutsche Bank to structure and arrange the facility.

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