Zain has tested 4.5G mobile broadband technology in Kuwait. The test, achieved in partnership with Huawei, saw the operator’s network reaching speeds of 1 gigabyte per second (1 Gbps).
Zain expects this latest technology to spearhead the next phase of the mobile evolution by enabling customers to enjoy faster data rates and intelligent services.
Over the last year, 4G LTE network traffic has started to dominate the total traffic consumption worldwide as content streaming, ultra-high definition video and e-commerce tools see customers spending more and more time surfing the mobile world.
Zain’s latest testing of the 4.5G mobile broadband technology is a step towards delivering customers faster speeds, lower latency and better functionality than the best 4G technologies currently available.
Eaman Al Roudhan, Zain Kuwait’s chief executive officer, said: “In line with our strategy to place customers at the forefront of our priorities, we were keen on being the first in the region to build the necessary expertise to test this advanced technology and achieve the successful results we saw in preparation to launch it commercially.
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“Earlier this year, we teamed up with Huawei to trial and implement 4.5G services on our network in Kuwait, and we were pleased with the successful results we accomplished today. With the implantation of further tests in the near future, we will be better prepared to launch the 4.5G technology commercially within the next three years as soon as compatible devices are available in the market”.
Through its partnership with Huawei, Zain is planning to provide new services powered by 4.5G technology, including voice over LTE (VoLTE) and narrow band IoT machine-to-machine applications.
Li Dafeng, president of Huawei Middle East and Africa, said: “Zain Kuwait continues to invest greatly in new technologies and services as it seeks to surpass its customers’ expectations. Our successful 4.5G trial together with Zain, the first in the region, is a significant milestone for the Middle East’s entire telecommunications industry. Huawei will always serve our customer’s strategy with original solutions, making it possible for local customers to enjoy the benefits of a better connected world.
“According to Huawei’s latest research, the 4.5G standard represents a necessary bridge between today’s 4G mobile services and our long-term vision for 5G connectivity, which is expected to be commercialized by 2020,” he added.