The speed achieved is one of the highest throughput speeds ever achieved in the region. The speed achieved is one of the highest throughput speeds ever achieved in the region.

Zain Group has successfully tested 5G technology achieving maximum throughput speeds of over 70 Gbps over 2GHz spectrum. The testing occurred at the Zain Innovation Centre in Kuwait in the presence of Bader Nasser Al-Kharafi, Zain vice-chairman and group CEO, Scott Gegenheimer, Zain Group CEO-operations, Eaman Al Roudhan, CEO of Zain Kuwait and other senior management.

Bader Al-Kharafi, Zain vice-chairman and group CEO said: “Today’s demonstration marks a leap forward in the implementation of 5G network capability and reflects our commitment to be an innovator across our operations. This ongoing testing program will enable Zain to accelerate its mobile broadband network transformation to 5G, which will release the full potential of digitalisation in society and enhance ICT industry collaboration on multiple fronts. We believe 5G will be the catalyst for Zain achieving its transformation objectives and becoming a leading regional digital lifestyle operator, fulfilling our mission of enhancing the lifestyles and business opportunities of all of our customers.”

Eaman Al Roudhan, CEO of Zain Kuwait, said: “As the leading operator in Kuwait it is our intention to continue fulfilling the ever-increasing demand for quality high-speed services and offer 5G technology to our customers as soon as it becomes technically available. In doing so, we will be in a prime position to offer unique products and services, including many smart city and IoT initiatives. Essentially our vision with 5G technology is to create a smarter and more productive future for our individual and enterprise customers, where both devices and people are connected to each other.”

This proof-of-concept testing has been implemented by Zain in Kuwait with a view to boost existing 4.5G LTE network throughputs across several key Zain operations.