Ericsson reconfirms 2014 network expansion with Zain Bahrain

12 Nov 2014

Mobile operator Zain Bahrain has extended its partnership with Swedish vendor Ericsson to improve 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) coverage and capacity across the country. Following a contract between the two companies in October 2013 which outlined plans to replace Zain’s existing 2G and 3G radio equipment and add 4G functionality nationwide, the pair declared a partnership to deliver High Definition (HD) voice services over the cellco’s 3G network (reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate last week) before assuring continued 4G improvements, with Mohammad Zainalabedin, general manager at Zain, saying: ‘Our subscribers are very satisfied with the improved voice quality and noise suppression offered by our Ericsson-powered LTE network. We look forward to the continued growth of our partnership.’ The latest announced ‘2014 Network Expansion’ project will add ‘significant new LTE coverage and increased capacity to existing LTE sites’ by deploying Ericsson’s fibre-optic transmission network solutions. Zain Bahrain launched its 4G network in April 2013 for fixed modem users, before winning additional frequencies for LTE expansion in September that year, enabling it to launch national LTE mobile broadband services for smartphone and tablet users at the end of April 2014, following the network modernisation project with Ericsson.

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