Zain successfully trials HSPA+

20 May 2009

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has announced that Zain Saudi Arabia has successfully concluded trials of its Internet-High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) solution and now plans to roll out the technology across its network. ‘We want to be the first to unleash the true potential of the internet on users’ handsets,’ said Eng. Ismail Fekri, chief operating officer of Zain Saudi Arabia, ‘However, we realised early that if we went head-long into it, we could run into problems of heavy data usage and insufficient network resources. That is why we decided to test the solution first – in a live network environment and not a lab set-up. We now have full faith in the efficacy of the I-HSPA solution presented by NSN and are looking forward to a quick commercial deployment.’ The I-HSPA solution works with all W-CDMA/HSPA/HSPA+ devices and is designed to allow smooth migration to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the future.