Zain Kuwait to launch LTE-Advanced

At the Global Mobile Broadband Forum currently taking place in London, Zain Kuwait, the leading telecomm operator in Kuwait has announced plans to launch a commercial LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network.

Zain’s next-generation wireless broadband network will eventually deliver speeds of up to 300 Mbps, which is around twice the speed currently possible with existing LTE mobile networks.

The rollout will see Zain Kuwait and Huawei activate over 100 LTE-A cell sites during a first phase, with Zain Kuwait indicating that the technology will later be made available across the country as more sites become operational.

LTE-A empowers operators to provide better mobile services, high-performance applications and multimedia services to its customers like video conferencing, high-definition content sharing, high-speed video downloads and more.

“The deployment of this milestone commercial LTE-A network will jump start the next phase of mobile communications in the Middle East, providing mobile broadband customers across Kuwait an opportunity to enjoy unparalleled communication services,” said Omar Al Omar, CEO, Zain Kuwait.

“The trend towards mobile computing – along with the proliferation of social and video applications – has led to an explosion in mobile data traffic, bringing unprecedented challenges to mobile broadband networks. We recognize LTE-A technology as the way forward as Zain looks to underpin future network capacity requirements and enhance our customers’ experience,” added Omar.

Zain is currently a leader in the field of mobile broadband with a market share of around 39 percent in Kuwait with nearly 10% of its mobile customers having already migrated to 4G LTE. This number is expected to rise sharply in the coming months as more and more users are provided access to the opportunities offered by LTE-Advanced technology.

“New innovations in mobile broadband are increasingly shaping the future of Kuwait’s telecom market, and more importantly, these technologies are now seen as major enablers of continued economic and social development supporting the government’s vision for a knowledge-based economy,” said Mohamad Sharara, head of Zain Key Account at Huawei.

The core technologies of the LTE-A platform that Huawei has deployed for Zain Kuwait include Carrier Aggregation (CA), which allows for full utilization of spectrum resources scattered across multiple frequency bands. Besides enabling high bandwidth, CA ensures backwards compatibility with LTE to facilitate a smooth and seamless migration.

Last year, Zain collaborated with Huawei to launch a commercial LTE network that delivers nationwide mobile coverage and is to date the country’s only nationwide LTE network.

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