Zain Kuwait hires Huawei to deploy 100G network

Deployment said to be first Mid East network to adopt IP and OTN synergy
Huawei implements 100G E2E network for Zain


Telecoms equipment manufacturer Huawei and Kuwaiti telco Zain, have announced plans to build a unified all-IP mobile bearer network in Kuwait.

On the bearer network, the backbone adopts the 100G IP and OTN synergy technology, which, according to Huawei, makes Zain the first operator to deploy a 100G E2E network that adopts IP and OTN synergy in the Middle East.

Zain Kuwait became the first operator to provide long term evolution (LTE) services in Kuwait at the end of last year. Zain's network comprises GSM, UMTS, and LTE mobile networks. With the rapid development of mobile broadband services, Zain wants to build a unified all-IP bearer network that covers a full range of services and provides ultra-bandwidth and efficient use of network resources.

Huawei provided Zain with an all-IP bearer network solution, including a series of routers. The Chinese company said the solution can "effectively support Zain's business development in the future, support the next generation LTE-A service, and provide bearer for fixed-network services and bandwidth lease services".

The backbone, made up of a 100G E2E IP and OTN synergy solution, is said to provide "huge bandwidth" "significant improvement" on the bearer efficiency of the backbone network. Hani El-Kukhun, chief operation officer at Zain Kuwait, said: "As our LTE subscribers grow in our network and overall data multiplies in demand, we realise the growing pressure this puts on our backhaul.

"Our radio capabilities need to be able to cater for these growing demands, which have been carefully planned, but now it is time to unify our backhaul to be able to provide end-to-end quality of service and a seamless end-user experience. Our unified transmission network that we have selected from Huawei gives us the capabilities to cater for today and the future growing demands of data in our backhaul network. The total unified IP end-to-end network will be one of the most advanced in the region."

"The development trend of the bearer network is toward IP and optical networks, and Huawei has made long-term strategic investments in IP and optical networks," said Zha Jun, president of Huawei Network Product Line.

"Huawei provides unified E2E bearer network solutions to help customers meet back-hauling requirements in the ultra-wideband era."

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