Zain Kuwait inks ‘4.5G’ agreement with Huawei; Ericsson tapped for transformation project

3 Mar 2015

Zain Kuwait and equipment vendor Huawei Technologies have entered a new strategic cooperation deal which will see the two companies trial and implement 4.5G services on Zain Kuwait ’s network over the next three years. The announcement follows the inking of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Zain Group and Huawei during the Barcelona Mobile World Congress to pilot new solutions with Huawei using 4.5G standards including radio access networks (RAN) and network virtualisation architecture.

Zain Kuwait CEO Omar Al-Omar said: ‘As the largest operator in the country offering nationwide 4G services, we recognize that to meet our customers’ ever-increasing demand for data, we need to continually invest in network upgrades for the future prosperity of the company and the wider economy at large. Cooperating with Huawei in the piloting of, and eventual roll-out of 4.5G services, will ensure that Zain Kuwait remains at the forefront of technology, providing our customers with a superior telecom experience.’

Meanwhile, Zain Kuwait has awarded a Business Support Systems (BSS) transformation project to Sweden’s Ericsson, which will allow its subscribers to benefit from the advantages of a fully integrated and convergent environment with higher level of flexibility and shorter time-to-market for new and updated offerings.