Showing posts with label Bahrain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bahrain. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Nokia supplies private LTE for Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority

Nokia will build a secure, private LTE network (pLTE) for Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority (EWA). In the first phase of deployment, Nokia will cover Al Muharraq area in Bahrain. After the successful completion of the first phase, the network will connect thousands of secondary substations and hundreds of primary substations spread across the entire country.

In the first phase, Nokia's solution will connect 500 secondary substations and six primary substations to the central location. Its solution including Nokia IP/MPLS wireless router 7705 SAR-Hmc, Nokia Compact Mobility Unit (CMU), Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nokia LTE radio equipment will be used to build advanced private LTE networks. The solution will be based on 3GPP standardization on 410 MHz Band B87 which is specifically for industrial use for private LTE connectivity.

Kamal Ballout, Head of Nokia Enterprise, Middle East, Africa, China and India at Nokia, said: “Private LTE is enabling utility organizations around the world to simplify networks management and use automation to bring down costs. We are committed to modernizing and upgrading EWA’s distribution systems for better performance and reliability. Our end-to-end portfolio allows us to provide reliable and ultra-high-speed broadband wireless networking to our utility customers.”

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Nokia delivers Optical LAN in Bahrain

Nokia will provide its Optical LAN solution to Infonas W.L.L. Bahrain to serve enterprise customers in downtown Manama.

The fiber network is based on Nokia's GPON technology. The deployment includes Nokia’s 7360 Intelligent Services Access Manager (ISAM) FX, which serves as a high-capacity access node, and Nokia’s 7368 Intelligent Service Access Manager (ISAM) Optical Network Terminals (ONTs).

Mohamed Salama, Head of Fixed Networks, Middle East and Africa, said: “Adoption of this technology continues to increase globally as enterprises in all industry segments look at this alternative LAN architecture to help lower capital and operating costs. This project demonstrates the benefits of Nokia Optical LAN and how it can deliver a high-capacity, resilient and scalable network that simplifies operations and ultimately helps to reduce costs for enterprises.”

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Bahrain's Batelco picks Nuage for SD-WAN 2.0

Batelco, Bahrain's leading service provider, has chosen the Nuage Networks’ SD-WAN 2.0 solution to support cloud connectivity, automation and digital transformation services for its Bahrain and international enterprise customers.

Batelco serves corporate and consumer customers in the MENA region — offering fixed broadband and mobile communication services as well as digital services, such as data center and cloud, internet and e-commerce services.

The deal is expected to support the digital transformation efforts of Batelco’s enterprise customers across sectors including banking and finance, healthcare, education, hospitality, transportation and energy.

Sunil Khandekar, CEO, Nuage Networks, said: “The Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0 solution will provide Batelco with a powerful platform for offering advanced digital services to support cloud connectivity, automation and network segmentation while eliminating the boundaries imposed by the underlying connectivity technologies. Batelco’s SD-WAN services will be a big boost to the digital transformation of MENA businesses and organizations.”

Monday, September 25, 2017

Amazon Web Services plans data centre in Bahrain

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is planning to open an infrastructure region in Bahrain by early 2019. The new AWS Middle East Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch. AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region and adds to the 78 points of presence AWS has around the world.

Currently, AWS provides 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones, across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online by the end of 2018.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Batelco's Bahrain Tests 5G with Ericsson

Batelco, Bahrain’s leading digital solutions provider, is working with Ericsson on a 5G field trial.

The trial was conducted at Batelco’s Headquarters during a their 5G Forum event. The companies reported 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network, including tests on speed, latency and beam steering, reaching a record speed of 25 Gbps.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Zain Hosts Telecom Technology Conference in Bahrain

Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, is hosting its fifth annual Zain Technology Conference (ZTC) this week in Manama, Bahrain.

The theme of this year’s Conference is ‘Transforming Our World’, reflecting Zain’s strategic aspirations of delivering on a compelling digital lifestyle to its customers. Zain is hosting some 60 technology vendors, showcasing their latest technologies.  Topics includes Road to 5G; Core Virtualization Evolution; Business Enablement Solutions; Big Data Analytics & Cloud Services; Customer Quality of Experience; Services Innovation; Energy Efficiency, and Site Optimization.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ericsson Wins Upgrade Project with Zain Bahrain

Zain has appointed Ericsson to implement the latest LTE technology and prepaid charging including consulting and systems integration services for its network in Bahrain.

Ericsson will replace existing 2G and 3G radio network equipment while adding 4G functionality with the Ericsson RBS 6000 family of base stations. Ericsson will also deploy Evolved Packet Core with triple-access SGSN-MME and Ericsson Evolved Packet Gateway based on Ericsson SSR 8000 family of Smart Services Routers as well as MINI-LINK PT and SP for IP backhaul.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Saudi Telecom Names ZTE as a Preferred Vendor

The STC Group, the largest telecom provider in the Middle East & North Africa, named ZTE as one its preferred global vendors.

The agreement between ZTE and STC Group, announced at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, will allow ZTE to offer its portfolio of network infrastructure equipment through a global price structure based on total business located in Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Cable & Wireless Comm Sells Assets to Bahrain's Batelco

Cable & Wireless Communications will sell its Monaco & Islands division to Bahrain's Batelcom Group for US$680 million.

The sale include CWC's businesses in the Maldives, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, the Seychelles, South Atlantic and Diego Garcia as well as a 25% shareholding in Compagnie Monegasque de Communication SAM, the company which holds CWC’s 55% interest in Monaco Telecom.

Cable & Wireless Communications said the disposal helps to focus the company on the Central American and Caribbean region, as well as increasing the company’s financial flexibility. The Group’s net debt position will be reduced from US$1,588 million as at 30 September 2012 to approximately US$937 million on a pro forma basis, implying proportionate net debt / EBITDA of 1.8x (for the 12 months to 30 September 2012).

"Batelco Group will have the opportunity to operate, in collaboration with its new business partners, communications businesses across 17 markets. This acquisition supports our strategy by adding new cash generative business clusters to our existing operations across the Middle Eastern region. We look forward to working closely with all the shareholders and management teams in the companies to ensure we continue to deliver value and innovation to customers and be recognized as market leaders," stated Sheikh Mohamed bin Isa Al Khalifa, Batelco Group Chief Executive.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Bahrain's Batelco Picks ZTE for 2G/3G

Bahrain-based Batelco has signed a group framework agreement with ZTE for 2G/3G wireless solutions. As of Q3, Batelco serves 7.5 million mobile subscribers and 233,000 broadband customers across Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and India.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Cable&Wireless Worldwide Opens Regional HQ in Dubai

Cable&Wireless Worldwide has opened a new regional headquarters in Dubai Internet City (DIC) to better serve its growing customer base in the Middle East and Africa. The announcement follows the company's deployment of an extensive MPLS network across the Middle East in 2008. This included Points of Presences (PoPs) in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, connecting customers based in the United Arab Emirates back into the MPLS network. Since this deployment, Cable&Wireless Worldwide has been providing connectivity to global enterprise customers including HSBC.

Monday, June 7, 2010

India's Bharti Airtel Acquires Zain's African Networks

India's Bharti Airtel completed its previously announced acquisition of Zain's mobile operations in 15 countries across Africa for an enterprise valuation of US$10.7 billion.

The acquisition positions Airtel as one of the world's top five mobile operators with 180 million customers, operations in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. It's network footprint covers over 1.8 billion people. The company will have combined revenues of over US$12.4 billion and EBITDA of over US$ 4.7 billion, based on the last audited results.

Bharti's acquisition of Zain's African mobile services operations covers 15 countries with a total customer base of over 42 million. The total population base covered is over 450 million with telecom penetration of approximately 32%. The countries in which Bharti has acquired the operations are - Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Zain is the market leader in 10 of the 15 countries and second in 4 countries.

For Zain, the sale resulted in aggregate net cash proceeds of US$8.968 billion. As at 8th June 2010, Zain confirms that it has received US$7.868 billion of cash proceeds from Bharti. The rest is due over the next 6 months. Zain has also licensed the use of the "Zain" brand and related trademarks to Bharti in all 15 African operations for an interim period.

Zain will now focus on its Middle Eastern operations, investing in new growth opportunities in existing markets of Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. In Lebanon, the company manages "mtc-touch" on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a stake in Wana Telecom through a joint venture.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Zain Bahrain Measures LTE Download at 70 Mbps with NSN

Zain Bahrain has achieved an LTE download speed of 70 Mbps in a field trial conducted with Nokia Siemens Networks. The trial involved Nokia Siemens Networks' Flexi base stations, installed in separate buildings, as well as its NetAct network management solution.

Zain's network has achieved a minimum latency of 15 milliseconds --- the smallest ever in any public LTE call, according to the companies. The LTE call highlights applications such as multi-video streaming, high-resolution video conferencing, voice over LTE, and LTE terminal mobility within an office environment.

Zain Bahrain anticipates completing its LTE network later this year, proving a showcase for all of Zain Group's operations across the Middle East and Africa.

"Setting standards and raising the bar on excellence have always been a Zain Bahrain prerogative," said Mohammed Zainalabedin, general manager, Zain Bahrain. "This first ever live call is a taste of the excellence our customers can expect when our entire network upgrade is unveiled by the end of this year. It is part of the continuous effort at Zain Bahrain to keep our promise to our customers that we will always deliver a world-class mobile user experience."
  • In October 2009, Zain Bahrain selected Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its radio and core network as well as the prepaid charging system. This begins the transition to a flat, all-IP network supporting Internet High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Financial terms were not disclosed. Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will replace the existing legacy core network with the latest Mobile Softswitching (MSS) solution. In addition, charging system will be upgraded to the Nokia Siemens Networks prepaid solution, based on charge@once select. NSN's Flexi Multiradio Base Stations are capable of supporting WCDMA, HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE via a software upgrade. Zain Bahrain will be in a position to launch I-HSPA functionality within the year. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy a full end-to-end offering for LTE, providing LTE radio, Evolved Packet Core for LTE, subscriber data management, network management and services.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Tata Communications Picks Tyco for TGN Gulf Cable

Tyco Telecommunications has been selected for the construction of the TGN Gulf cable system, a new state-of-the-art undersea network slated for completion during 2011. It will connect countries in the region to the rest of the world via the Tata Global Network (TGN).

Tata Communications' partners in the TGN Gulf project include Bahrain Internet Exchange in the Kingdom of Bahrain, Nawras of Oman, Qatar Telecom of Qatar, Mobily of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates. Tata Communications and its partners intend to build on this cable project as part of strategic relationships that will support the development of an extended portfolio of advanced telecommunications services such as Global Ethernet, MPLS based VPN, Managed Security, IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and Global Telepresence.

The announcement was made at a gala event in Dubai hosted by Tata Communications and attended by representatives of the partners as well as Tyco Telecommunications. At the event, Tata Communications also unveiled plans to invest $200 million over the next two years for development of its operations in the Middle East,http://www.tatacommunications.comhttp://

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tata and Middle East Operators Plan New Undersea Cable

Tata Communications announced a strategic partnership with several of the major telecom operators in the Middle East to construct a new cable system into the Gulf. The new cable will link the region's major business hubs and city centres via Tata's Global Network (the TGN).

Tata's partners for the new TGN Gulf Cable System include Bahrain Internet Exchange, Nawras of Oman, Qatar Telecom, Mobily of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates. Using their own cable station, each party will have access to a new high-speed route to the globe and bring in much needed resilience and diversity to the infrastructure in each country.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Zain Bahrain Signs LTE Contract with NSN

Zain Bahrain has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to modernize its radio and core network as well as the prepaid charging system. This begins the transition to a flat, all-IP network supporting Internet High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will replace the existing legacy core network with the latest Mobile Softswitching (MSS) solution. In addition, charging system will be upgraded to the Nokia Siemens Networks prepaid solution, based on charge@once select. NSN's Flexi Multiradio Base Stations are capable of supporting WCDMA, HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE via a software upgrade. Zain Bahrain will be in a position to launch I-HSPA functionality within the year. In addition, Nokia Siemens Networks will deploy a full end-to-end offering for LTE, providing LTE radio, Evolved Packet Core for LTE, subscriber data management, network management and services.

Monday, June 15, 2009

BridgeWave Supplies Gigabit Backhaul for Kulacom in Jordan, Bahrain

BridgeWave Communications has supplied a gigabit wireless backhaul solution for Kulacom's WiMAX network. Specifically, Kulacom's Jordan and Bahrain operations are using BridgeWave's AdaptRate 80 GHz product, AR80X, for a reliable carrier-class backhaul solution to provide high-capacity WiMAX connectivity to support VoIP and data services.

Kulacom, established in 2006, provides voice and Internet services to emerging markets. Kulacom Jordan secured a 3.6 GHz frequency license in January 2008. Their services include point-to-point IP connectivity, VoIP and data hosting. Recently, the Jordan operation expanded its services to include WiMAX Internet, providing uninterrupted, fast and reliable connections to Kulacom customers.

Additional gear has been deployed in Bahrain. BridgeWave said that despite the harsh climactic conditions of the region including severe heat, high winds and heavy rainfall, the AR80X wireless links continue to perform flawlessly. Since BridgeWave's links operate in the uncluttered 80 GHz band, BridgeWave's backhaul solution accommodates their present data and will support future applications as Kulacom continues to expand their presence in additional markets.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bahrain's Batelco Seeks Stake in India's S-Tel

Bahrain-based Batelco will acquire a 49% equity stake in S-Tel, a GSM operator based in Chennai, India, for $225 million. S-Tel has licenses to operate in six circles in Bihar, Orissa, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, North East and Assam.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tata Communications Extends MPLS Reach in Middle East with Batelco

Tata Communications announced a major expansion of its MPLS network into the Middle East through a partnership with Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco).

Batelco is Bahrain's leading integrated communications provider, providing end-to-end telecommunications solutions to retail and enterprise customers in the Middle East region. This partnership enables Tata Communications to offer MPLS VPN services into Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan and other locations within the region for its customers in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Zain Raises US$4.49 billion for Mobile Network in Middle East

The Zain Group, which was originally established in 1983 in Kuwait as the region's first mobile operator, has raised an unprecedented US$4.49 billion (KWD1.2 billion) in capital to support its expansion across the Middle East and Africa. The number of subscribed shares exceeded 1.4 billion, bringing the total number of Zain shares to 4.28 billion with total shareholders' equity reaching US$6.42 billion. The National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) through its local and international branches acted as the receiving bank for the capital increase.

Zain operates in the following countries: Bahrain, Burkina Faso, Chad, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. In Lebanon, the company manages the network on behalf of the government operating as mtc-touch. The company's mobile operations in Ghana will begin by the end of 2008.

In August, Zain launched services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. At launch date, Zain's coverage area reached 53% of the population in 36 major cities and 14 highways spanning over 4,000 kms. The remaining coverage area will be attained initially through a complimentary countrywide roaming service. Zain will introduce high-speed 3.5G broadband technology to approximately half of the Saudi population offering the latest 3.5G services that include television, video-calling, rich multimedia content and even faster internet access. Zain's network will be further expanded in stages to eventually cover the entire Kingdom.

Zain promotes cross-border communications across its networks at favorable rates free of high roaming charges.
  • For the first half of 2008, Zain Group recorded consolidated revenues of US$ 3.488 billion. The company's consolidated EBITDA reached US$ 1.305 billion. Zain consolidated net profits reached US$ 551.5 million. Year on year customer growth across the two continents where Zain operates was 58% with the Zain Group serving 50.74 million managed active customers at 30 June, 2008.

  • In January 2008, Nokia Siemens Networks announced a contract valued at approximately US$1 billion to roll out a state-of--the-art greenfield mobile network in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on behalf of Zain