Zain SA signs $1.2 billion to improve its network

Huawei, Nokia Networks, NED, Cisco and Alcatel Lucent will expand Zain’s network.
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 Zain Saudi Arabia had signed network expansion and upgrade agreements with Huawei, Nokia Networks, NED, Cisco and Alcatel Lucent. All the agreements are worth 4.5 billion riyals ($1.2 billion) in total. The expansion is intended to ensure that Zain’s network can meet future capacity and technology requirements.

Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Deghaither, acting chief technical officer, said: “We aim to provide 4G LTE coverage to over 90% of the population, providing existing and new customers with real high-speed mobile internet connectivity. Since its launch, Zain KSA has always operated a very modern telecommunications network, today we are announcing the expansion of our state of the art network to accommodate the exponential growth of data traffic that we see.”

Hassan Kabbani, CEO of Zain KSA said: “Today’s announcement is all about building for the future to anticipate the need for more capacity. We are also expanding our 4G LTE network, making it available to more people, in more places across the Kingdom.”

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