Zain Group has announced that its mobile operation in Bahrain has launched commercial 5G services. The 5G network, built in partnership with Ericsson, will enable Zain Bahrain’s customers to benefit from super high speed data, extremely low latency and ultra-high reliability, and allows for highly connected technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and the Internet of Things (IoT), the operator stated in a press release. Zain will be expanding 5G coverage across the country throughout 2020 and the coming years, and is also modernising and expanding its 4G LTE network.
Zain Group CEO Bader Al Kharafi commented: ‘Zain Bahrain’s 5G launch demonstrates our continuous commitment to investing in digitalisation and the latest technologies for the benefit of our customers and playing our key role in the Kingdom’s Economic Vision 2030.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Ericsson signed a multi-year agreement with Zain Bahrain in November 2019 to provide 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including Massive MIMO solutions as well as the Ericsson Packet Core.
The commercial launch in Bahrain follows the launch of 5G services by Zain Kuwait and Zain Saudi Arabia during 2019.