Zain Group collaborates with Cisco to implement a programmable network

Successful IP/MPLS implementation brings fast tracks network automation
Jihad Khoueiry - Cisco and Henri Kassab - Zain Group
Jihad Khoueiry - Cisco and Henri Kassab - Zain Group


Zain Group and Cisco have announced the achievement of a milestone in expanding the operator’s IP/MPLS network. 

Zain Group is leveraging Cisco advanced segment routing platforms and WAN automation to bring the benefits of distributed intelligence and centralized control to its network.

Henri Kassab, MD, international, wholesale and roaming, Zain Group said: “The demands of the digital era means that we must prioritize improving speed and efficiency, defining a growth strategy based on new services, and ensuring security. These are the building blocks of our innovation that support our transformation in becoming an integrated digital lifestyle operator. With the support of Cisco’s leading technology, our future-ready network architecture positions us well to drive tangible business outcomes and meet the evolving demands of our customers.”

The deployment is a bold move toward network automation and represents a significant step towards a more resilient network.

“The capabilities of Cisco’s segment routing, automation and our best of breed routing engines enable Zain Group to implement a programmable network that allows them to rapidly adapt to future customer needs,” said Ali Amer, MD, global service provider sales, Cisco Middle East and Africa. “By fast tracking their network automation, Zain Group are future-proofing their network with an agile, scalable and secure architecture that supports their growth strategy and enhances their competitiveness.”

Other benefits Zain Group will gain  include simplified operations, programmability, scalability and increased network availability.

By 2021, the Middle East and Africa will have 2.4 billion networked devices (up from 1.7 billion in 2016) and 1.4 networked devices per capita, while 75 percent of all networked devices will be mobile-connected in 2021 according to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (Cisco VNI).


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