Zain Kuwait, Huawei plan LTE network
Kuwait, November 7, 2013
Zain Kuwait, a leading telecom provider, in collaboration with technology partner Huawei, a leading ICT solutions provider, plan to launch a commercial Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network in Kuwait.
The next-generation wireless broadband network will eventually deliver speeds of up to 300mbps - around twice the speed possible through most current LTE mobile networks.
The rollout will see Zain Kuwait and Huawei activate over 100 LTE-A cell sites in the first phase, with Zain Kuwait indicating that the technology would later be made available across the nation as more sites become operational.
LTE-Advanced is predicted to become the mainstream in future wireless communications following the initial rollout of LTE services in many countries across the region.
LTE-A expands and enhances the standard LTE platform, allowing flexible and effective spectrum utilization and simpler network architecture; empowering operators to provide better mobile services to its customers including high-performance applications and multimedia services such as 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 of 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.”
Kuwait is experiencing high levels of market saturation in its telecom sector, with an estimated mobile penetration rate of nearly 215 per cent according to Business Monitor International.
Zain is currently a leader in the field of mobile broadband with a market share of around 39 per cent in Kuwait with nearly 10 per cent of its mobile customers having already migrated to 4G LTE technology. 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 economy,” said Mohamad Sharara, head of Zain Account at Huawei. – TradeArabia News Service