Zain selects Ericsson for 5G in Bahrain

Ericsson to deploy 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) and core network

5G deployment also enhances network capabilities for IoT applications and other potential future services.
5G deployment also enhances network capabilities for IoT applications and other potential future services.

Zain has selected Ericsson to build its 5G network in Bahrain, with the first commercial 5G services expected to go live before the end of 2019. The deployment spans Ericsson 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) and 5G Core products and solutions.

Under the contract, Zain Bahrain’s network will be modernised from LTE to 5G. Ericsson is providing 3GPP standards-based 5G New Radio (NR) hardware and software from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including Massive MIMO solutions. Ericsson is also providing Ericsson Cloud Packet Core and Voice over LTE solutions.

Ericsson’s high-speed and low-latency 5G technology will help Zain to meet growing data traffic demands and deliver high-quality mobile broadband and fixed wireless experiences.

His Excellency Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa, Zain Bahrain Chairman, said: “5G is expected to be the connectivity infrastructure that will foster industrial and societal transformation. It is about a network infrastructure that is easy and can be used for all sorts of different and personalised usages. It could unlock the full capabilities of the latest technology trends and become an innovation platform and an opportunity for Zain Bahrain to provide specialised network services to a series of new industry partners: from the automotive, to health to energy sectors.”

The 5G-ready radio access and core network infrastructure rollout strengthens the collaboration between Ericsson and Zain Bahrain. In addition to improving operational efficiency, it also enhances network capabilities for IoT applications and other potential future services.

Fadi Pharaon, president of Ericsson Middle East & Africa, says: “5G promises to accelerate the digitisation of industries, presenting new opportunities and enabling service providers to launch the most advanced technologies while improving the end-user experience with faster speeds and lower latency. The deployment of these technologies will enable Zain Bahrain to meet the rapidly evolving demands of consumers and accelerate deployment of new use cases and innovative services for their enterprise and industry customers."

Ericsson now has more than 70 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with various communication service providers, of which 23 are live networks.

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