Thursday, June 26, 2014

Zain KSA Picks Nokia for Network Upgrade

Nokia Networks signed a large contract with Zain KSA to modernize and expand the operator’s network in Saudi Arabia.

Under a program called RELOAD, Nokia Networks will deploy its compact Single RAN Advanced to refarm part of Zain KSA’s 2100 MHz 2G and 3G frequencies for LTE. Carrier aggregation of FDD-LTE spectrum will be used for LTE-Advances services.  Nokia's Flexi Zone small cells will be installed for enhanced coverage, and Zain will also deploy Nokia's NetAct for monitoring, managing and optimizing its 2G, 3G and 4G networks.

Nokia Networks said this upgrade will also feature its its "Liquid" distributed cloud solution, which is enabled by its Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS). This will provide Zain KSA with enhanced 4G throughput and backhauling savings, and will put it into a position to deliver customized applications such as augmented reality and location-based services due to its exposure to real-time network data.

Hassan Kabbani, CEO of Zain KSA, said: “We want to reload our network infrastructure with the very latest of technologies in order to address the high demand for more interesting services. We are confident that Nokia’s unique technologies such as Liquid Applications will greatly improve customer experience and position Zain KSA as a technology leader in the Saudi market.”

Igor Leprince, Senior Vice President & Head of MEA, Nokia Networks, said: “This huge project exemplifies the strong partnership we have developed over the years and will result in Zain KSA’s network being one of the best in the region.”