Batelco 4G trial 'a big success'
Manama, March 25, 2012
Bahrain's leading telecom operator Batelco and Huawei showcased the long term evolution (LTE) mobile technology at the company's Hamala headquarters following its earlier successful trials in December and this January.
LTE, commonly referred to as 4G, enables delivery of super fast data speeds.
Batelco had embarked on its BD14.5 million ($38.4 million) mobile network expansion project in June 2010 to develop a superior network performance for the company and ensure readiness for LTE.
Such financial commitment ensures that Bahrain's infrastructure for wireless is the 'best in class' and measures up to the top 10 markets in the world, said the telco giant in a statement.
Terming the LTE demonstration a big success, Batelco said during the trial, speeds of 150Mbps were achieved.
This latest demonstration of Batelco's capability follows on from successful trials of 4G in December and again in January at Bahrain International Airshow when His Majesty King Hamad was amongst the visitors to Batelco's corporate lounge to experience the cutting-edge technology.
Delivery of LTE is a crucial enabler of the Business Friendly Bahrain strategy, established by the Economic Development Board, in line with the kingdom's Economic Vision 2030.
Batelco Group chief executive Shaikh Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, chief executive Bahrain Rashid Abdulla, general manager consumer division Muna Alhashimi, chief technical officer John Ford and a number of officials were present at the LTE trial along with Huawei vice-president of middle east Gordon Wu, Huawei deputy president of Batelco key account Elsa Tan and a number of Huawei technical representatives.
Shaikh Mohamed thanked Huawei for their invaluable contribution to Batelco in carrying out the successful LTE trial.
'Huawei has been a key partner in providing Batelco with innovative telecommunications solutions over the past few years and we appreciate their invaluable contribution towards our successful delivery of key services for our customers,' he said.
Abdulla said Batelco's major objective in investing in LTE was to enhance, upgrade and expand their mobile broadband network to tackle a number of needs such as providing or enhancing data coverage and quality of service in newly developed or remote areas.
'Our delivery of this in-demand technology, following our successful trials, will address the ever growing future demand of broadband over the mobile network and will meet the ever increasing expectation of our customers for higher speeds and world-class communications services.'
'Batelco is focused on its role in maintaining Bahrain's telecommunication strength, by providing this advanced technology, which will positively impact on the kingdom's economic development,' he said.
Wu said collaborating with Batelco in structuring LTE services for the people of Bahrain has been a fantastic experience as well as an opportunity to further meet the demand for superior connectivity in the kingdom.
'High-speed broadband technologies like LTE are incredible platforms through which to foster national development, and we look forward to working with Batelco to build on this most recent achievement,' he added.-TradeArabia News Service