Motorola to manage Zain Kuwait’s 3G network
US vendor wins contract to operate Zain’s 3G network in Kuwait
Zain Kuwait has become the latest operator in the region to outsource the management of a key part of its network after signing a three-year managed services contract with US vendor Motorola.
Under the contract, Motorola will operate and manage Zain Kuwait's 3G network and will also be responsible for ongoing design, planning, support and optimisation.
Khaled Al Hajeri, CEO of Zain Kuwait, said the deal was intended to help the company improve its network while boosting operating margins and increasing productivity.
Ali Amer, vice president and general manager, Motorola Networks EMEA, added that the managed services agreement would help Zain Kuwait to "maximise its focus on end-users and revenue" while reducing operating costs.
Managed services agreements have become increasingly popular in the Middle East in the past year, as operators seek to cut costs and place a greater focus on end users.
Late last year, UAE operator Du entered a three year deal with Ericsson for managed services for its GSM/WCDMA network, while Zain Iraq selected Motorola to operate and maintain it its network, as well as to provide training to its technical support team.
Zain and Motorola also have existing contracts in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Jordan for several different technologies, network domains and service functions.