Image: Bahrain World Trade Centre in Manama, Bahrain.
VIVA Bahrain has signed a nationwide 5G service launch with Huawei.
Signed at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona,VIVA Bahrain will upgrade its existing infrastructure based on non-standalone 5G core and 4/5G dual mode radio unit and high capacity backhauling technologies, which will enable VIVA customers to access 5G services across Bahrain by June. Moreover, the transmission network’s high capacity hardware will allow them to rapidly scale up their networks to meet capacity requirements in the near future.
VIVA Bahrain acting chief executive Mohammad Al Khushail said: “We understand the rapid demand for 5G coverage and devices to breakout in Bahrain, therefore we made the decision to be a pioneer in launching this technology that will position Bahrain among the first to adopt the 5G network globally.”
He added: “Signing the MoU with Huawei, a long-standing partner of VIVA Bahrain, we continue our commitment to accelerate digitisation in Bahrain and ultimately support the vision to become a diversified, knowledge-based economy.”
Huawei Middle East Carrier Network Business Group president An Jian said: “We are proud to be part of VIVA’s growth and expansion plans adopting our 5G products and solutions. Additionally, for consumers, we will be launching our recent 5G-compliant CPE and cellphone with VIVA to complete the offering for consumers in Bahrain, and we look forward to working together to bring 5G to Bahrain and support the country in becoming a diversified, knowledge-based economy through digital transformation.”
VIVA’s 5G services will ultimately enable customers to enjoy not only gaming VR services and 3D 8K video, but will also provide a platform for smart businesses and homes.
The deal is one of many 5G deals Huawei signed with operators in the Gulf at the recent Mobile World Congress. Other agreements signed were with Etisalat in the United Arab Emirates, STC and Mobily in Saudi Arabia, VIVA and Zain in Kuwait, and more.