Zain Bahrain drives forward with LTE upgrade
Customers set to experience improved voice, data and multimedia services after LTE technology is implemented
Zain Bahrain, which became the first Middle East operator to announce it was upgrading its network to LTE in August, said that its upgrade plans are on track and that customers will soon enjoy faster data downloads and an enhanced user experience.
The company confirmed that work is in progress to move its network towards an all-IP, flat network through the introduction of Internet High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) and the Middle East region's first LTE technology, which is being implemented by Nokia Siemens Networks.
"This project will not only create a world class network, but will be a showcase for the all the Zain Group's 24 operations across the Middle East and Africa," said Dr Saad Al Barrak, CEO of Zain Group.
Al Barrak added that the upgrade in Bahrain would provide a test-bed for Zain's other markets. "The experience and knowhow gained from this advanced technology in Bahrain will be exported to and shared with all our operations."
Zain said that its customers in Bahrain will be able to experience the internet with speeds of up to 14 Mbps in the first stage with I-HSPA, and even higher speeds in the second stage with LTE.