Saudi Arabian telco Zain and equipment vendor Nokia Networks have announced the successful completion of a pilot project to combine Frequency Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (FDD-LTE) spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands using carrier aggregation (CA) technology. The project, which was carried out in the western part of the country, will help Zain KSA further boost its network performance while lowering costs. Nokia Networks used its Global Services team (Network Planning and Optimisation and Network Implementation), Single RAN (radio access network) Advanced platform, its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and CA software to improve performance and yield download speeds of up to 150Mbps in Zain’s LTE network.
Zain Saudi’s CEO Hassan Kabbani commented: ‘We are fully focused in our efforts to continue investing in our state-of-the-art 4G network to ensure a world-class, reliable mobile voice, data and video service experience for Zain’s customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With the increased adoption of smart devices, the demand for superior quality, high-speed and new data services is growing, and we must deliver utmost mobile broadband performance to meet that demand.’