Zain KSA and Alcatel sign for IP backhaul upgrade
The all-IP network is expected to increase bandwidth and improve customer experience.
Zain Saudi Arabia, part of the Zain Group, has selected Alcatel-Lucent's IP/MPLS-based mobile backhaul solution to increase its bandwidth capacity in the country.
Under the terms of the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent is to provide Zain KSA with comprehensive turnkey network-related services, including consulting, design, software integration, installation and commissioning.
As part of this project, Alcatel-Lucent is deploying its 7750 Service Router (SR) and 7705 Service Aggregation Router (SAR) along with the Alcatel-Lucent 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM) and the Alcatel-Lucent 5650 Control Plane Assurance Manager (CPAM).
The growth of the Saudi Arabian telecommunications market is currently estimated to be about 30% per annum. According to a recent report by the Riyadh-based Economics Studies House, the penetration rate of mobile phones in Saudi Arabia could grow from the current 32% to 60% by 2014, with over 20 million subscribers.
The report also noted that the new mobile penetration rate would not only require a rapid rollout of capacity to service almost 13 million new lines over the coming nine years, but would also require increases in network coverage and service availability to meet the demands in the country.