Zain Bahrain demonstrates voice over LTE

1 Apr 2010

Zain Bahrain yesterday demonstrated what it claimed was the Gulf region’s first voice call over Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, in partnership with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), reports the Gulf Daily News. As well as voice over LTE, the demonstration at Zain’s Seef headquarters showcased applications including multi-video streaming, high-resolution videoconferencing, LTE terminal mobility within an office environment, and according to the company, ‘achieved the region’s highest-ever data download speed of 70Mbps’, and ‘a minimum latency of 15 milliseconds – the [lowest] ever in any public LTE call.’ Zain Bahrain’s general manager Mohammed Zainalabedin announced at the event: ‘We are committed to mass-scale deployment of this advanced technology just six months after we announced the Middle East’s first LTE contract with NSN.’ As reported in CommsUpdate, in October 2009 Zain Bahrain contracted the Finnish vendor to deploy Flexi base stations (supporting W-CDMA, HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE), I-HSPA flat architecture, its Evolved Packet Core system and a software upgrade to LTE. The cellco also announced yesterday that it will soon upgrade its HSPA network’s maximum download speeds to 14Mbps whilst improving coverage.

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