Viva Bahrain upgrades 4G to 150Mbps; also implements ‘world first’ triple-beam antenna

4 May 2016

Viva Bahrain, owned by Saudi Telecom Company (STC), has announced the successful completion of a 4G LTE network upgrade, boosting the maximum end-user mobile data speed by 50%, now offering peak network speeds up to 150Mbps, whilst giving the operator ‘the ability to handle major network capacity and continue delivering next-generation technologies’.

The cellco’s website announcement claims that ‘having already established Bahrain’s widest 4G network with more than 500 4G sites across the country, Viva’s recent upgrade meets the growing needs of Bahrain’s highly connected environment and fulfils customers’ ongoing demand for … voice and data capacity’.

Viva Bahrain has also recently claimed a ‘world first’ by implementing a ‘triple-beam’ antenna installation, in partnership with China’s Huawei, which delivers almost triple the capacity of conventional mobile towers. ‘Jointly with Huawei, we have achieved a great technological breakthrough,’ said Viva Bahrain CEO Ulaiyan Al Wetaid, whilst Huawei’s Peng Honghua added: ‘Both companies worked closely to ensure the successful deployment of Huawei’s solution, making Viva the first operator in the world to use it for commercial purposes.’