Zain Bahrain’s WiMAX network ready for launch at end of month

11 Sep 2007

MTC Group subsidiary Zain Bahrain (formerly MTC-Vodafone Bahrain) is nearing the completion of a WiMAX network, installed by Intracom Middle East (a subsidiary of Russia’s Sitronics), which is scheduled to be launched at the end of September at an initial cost of USD10.2 million. Intracom Middle East is deploying a WiMAX wireless broadband access network to provide mobile, fixed and nomadic voice and high speed internet/data services. The project involves deploying technologies provided by Cisco Systems and Redline Communications. Dr Ahmed Al Shatti, COO of Zain Bahrain, said in a statement: ‘The launch of Zain’s new wireless high speed broadband internet is the next logical step in our service offering to the Kingdom, as Bahrain has always been the regional pioneer in the telecommunication services arena. We have chosen Intracom Middle East, the preferred technology partner for the deployment of the WiMAX network, based on the company’s proven track record in implementing large-scale projects in the region.’