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Zain Bahrain Picks NSN for LTE

Intros HSPA and the Middle East region’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, implemented by Nokia Siemens Networks

October 6, 2009

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MANAMA, Bahrain -- Zain in Bahrain customers will soon enjoy faster data downloads and an enhanced customer experience, thanks to its transition to an all-IP, flat network through the introduction of Internet High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) and the Middle East Region’s first Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Implemented by Nokia Siemens Networks will vastly boost Zain’s state-of-the-art services through improved voice, data and multimedia services.

“This project will not only create a world class network, but will be a showcase for the all the Zain Group’s 24 operations across the Middle East and Africa,” declared Dr Saad Al Barrak, CEO of Zain Group. “This upgrade will ‘future proof’ the network allowing us to offer Bahrain and visiting ‘One Network’ Zain customers a plethora of wonderful mobile services for many years ahead. The experience and knowhow gained from this advanced technology in Bahrain will be exported to and shared with all our operations.”

Zain Bahrain customers will find a dramatic improvement in accessing the internet with speeds of up to 14 Mbps in the first stage with I-HSPA, and even higher speeds in the second stage with LTE. There will also be a dramatic improvement in coverage throughout the Kingdom, where ongoing infrastructure development necessitates parallel development of the mobile network. In short, Zain customers will continue to experience the best quality service wherever ever they are.

Additionally with Bahrain being part of Zain’s ‘One Network”, all travelling inbound Zain customers will also benefit from this improved technology and faster access speeds without any additional roaming fees.

“In the mobile broadband era, we needed a scalable and versatile platform planning for and pre-empting our customers’ needs,” said Zain Bahrain General Manager, Mohammed Zainalabedin adding that, “this upgrade will increase Zain Bahrain’s competitiveness, enhance operations and processes and lead to a faster and higher return on investment all translating into products and services that make a qualitative difference to customers’ lives.”

Zain Group

Nokia Networks

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