Zain Iraq takes the NFV route ahead with Ericsson

Operator to deploy Ericsson's virtual Evolved Packet Core to upgrade existing network
(L-R) Ali Al-Zahid, CEO, Zain Iraq;Rafiah Ibrahim, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa
(L-R) Ali Al-Zahid, CEO, Zain Iraq;Rafiah Ibrahim, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa


Zain Iraq has partnered with Ericsson to upgrade its existing network using Ericsson virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC). Ericsson will modernise Zain Iraq’s existing infrastructure into Ericsson NFV infrastructure (NFVi) solution, which provides a software-defined infrastructure with Hyperscale Datacentre System 8000. Also as part of the solution, Ericsson will provide system integration and support services.

Ali Al-Zahid, CEO, Zain Iraq, said: “We trust that Ericsson’s Network Functions Virtualisation solution will be enable us to meet our strategic goals as well as our customers’ demands, and continue to provide superior performance while meeting growing data needs.

“This investment and ongoing modernisation of our network is yet another example of our dedication to future-proofing our operations for the benefit of all stakeholders. It also reflects our commitment to providing the mobile community in Iraq with the highest quality of service available, delivered via cutting edge infrastructure and technology to ensure a superior mobile experience for our customers.”

Rafiah Ibrahim, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa said: “Today’s deal represents a significant milestone for Ericsson as it further strengthens our partnership with Zain Iraq and is another testament of our commitment to our customer’s success. Iraq is an important market for mobile network development and innovation. As Iraqi users are passionate adopters of new technology, network modernisation and adoption of new technologies become critical to meet Iraqi users’ demand for capacity and coverage.”


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