Mid East's First LTE call made by Zain Bahrain

Technology partner Nokia Siemens says new record set the region's highest ever data download speeds of 70 Mbps

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Mid East's First LTE call made by Zain Bahrain Zain Bahrain was the first operator in the Middle East to begin upgrading to LTE. (Getty Images)
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  April 1, 2010

The Middle East's first call over fourth generation wireless technology LTE was made by Zain Bahrain yesterday.

Zain Bahrain was the first operator in the region to begin upgrading its network to Long Term Evolution (LTE), the evolutionary standard for GSM operators, six months ago.
According to a statement by the operator's technology partner, Nokia Siemens Networks, a download data speed of 70 Mbps was achieved.

Rami Shatat, head of the Zain Bahrain customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks, said: "This is the region's first real experience with a real life LTE ecosystem. Not only does it provide a concrete example of what the LTE experience will look like, but more importantly the applications we demonstrated in the live call clearly point to the increased value Zain Bahrain can create within its portfolio, by way of new and advanced telecom services."

"Achieving a minimum latency of 15 milliseconds - the smallest ever in any public LTE call - the live call was used to highlight applications such as multi-video streaming, high-resolution video conferencing, voice over LTE, and LTE terminal mobility within an office environment," NSN said in a statement. "The call also set a new record by achieving the region's highest ever data download speeds of 70 Mbps."

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