VIVA Kuwait and Huawei are teaming up.
VIVA, Kuwait’s fastest-growing telecom operator, has announced the establishment of a 5G Innovation Centre, with the aim to explore, develop, and launch new 5G use cases in Kuwait by 2019.
Currently VIVA is already in action to rollout a nationwide 5G network with more than 1,000 5G sites supported by a massive device ecosystem of more than 100K devices. The 5G innovation centre comes to enforce VIVA’s 5G business strategy execution and will open the door for new business models such as ultra-broadband, IoT, smart city services, and more.
Eng. Zarrar Khan, VIVA’s CTO, said: "Two months back, VIVA celebrated its 10-year anniversary. The growth we witnessed in the past represents an amazing success story. We provided best in class Telco services to our customers, invested in latest cutting edge technologies, and boosted Kuwait leadership in ICT era. Moving forward, we intend to position VIVA as first operator in the world to deliver [a] true 5G NR experience, with the planned nationwide coverage, our clients will have access to 5G networks and experience new services."
He said more. "The establishment of the 5G innovation centre will help us to drive digitalization across vertical sectors. Industries from telemedicine to smart cities to public safety will thrive with the support of 5G infrastructure. The networks will enable new revenue streams, enhance operational efficiency, reduce costs, and ultimately uplift the standard of living across Kuwait."
VIVA Kuwait chose Huawei as strategic partner to support its 5G rollout. In the past 10 years, VIVA and Huawei previously collaborated to deliver successful 3G/4G services.