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Zain KSA and Huawei to extend mobile connectivity

"First of its kind" small cell network to improve indoor network coverage in the Kingdom

The trial showed that the new system can stably provide user speeds of up to 60Mbps at peak rate.
The trial showed that the new system can stably provide user speeds of up to 60Mbps at peak rate.

Zain KSA and Huawei have announced the joint deployment of a "world-first" telecom network technology within the Kingdom that will improve mobile users' experience through faster and more reliable service coverage.

The project utilises Huawei's LampSite solution to create the industry's first in-building small cell commercial network that is compatible with multiple radio access technologies including LTE, UMTS, and Wi-Fi.

Zhou Yuefeng, President of Small Cells Product Line at Huawei, said: "We appreciate Zain's longstanding trust in Huawei technology and are confident that the latest LampSite solutions will help Zain to achieve an even greater return on investment of its high-speed mobile broadband network. This partnership will also serve to help Zain implement their shift to traffic-centered business operations, providing various value-added services and delivering an excellent service experience to Zain subscribers."

According to Huawei, industry estimates state that about 90% of mobile data traffic is generated indoors, especially in "hot spot" environments like office buildings and shopping malls where there are many users simultaneously on the network. Ensuring that all users have indoor network coverage and high-bandwidth capacity can prove a complex challenge in such environments, with operators today seeking new ways to offer customers uninterrupted, high-performance mobile services wherever they are.

The first phase of the new deployment will include five "hot spot" locations across Riyadh such as the City Centre, Zain KSA headquarters, ZAIN Network Operation Centre (NOC) and Kingdom Tower. In trial tests of the technology during a busy afternoon period of 1pm, the trial showed that the new system can stably provide user speeds of up to 60Mbps at peak rate.

The Huawei LampSite solution is itself the industry's first multi-mode, easy-to-install deep indoor coverage solution that provides telecom operators with flexible capacity expansions. The latest project marks an important milestone for significantly accelerating large-scale LampSite deployments in Saudi Arabia.

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