Zain Bahrain has contracted Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its radio and core network software and charging system as the first stage of a transition to an all-IP flat network architecture, and advancing its introduction of new technologies such as Internet High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). ‘In today’s business, you have to pre-empt what consumers want,’ said Mohammed Zainalabedin, General Manager, Zain Bahrain. ‘In the mobile broadband era we need a scalable and versatile platform. NSN is providing us with Flexi Base Station, I-HSPA flat architecture, Evolved Packet Core and software upgrade to LTE that answer our needs.’ By implementing Flexi Multiradio Base Stations that are capable of supporting W-CDMA, HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE via a simple software upgrade, Zain Bahrain will be in a position to launch I-HSPA functionality within the year. In addition, NSN will deploy a full end-to-end offering for LTE, providing LTE radio, Evolved Packet Core for LTE, subscriber data management, network management and services.