Zain set to be first to launch commercial 5G in Kuwait

Zain set to be first to launch commercial 5G in Kuwait
Published: 28 May 2019 - 8:10 p.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer
Zain vice-chair and group CEO Bader Nasser Al Kharafi.

Zain is set to launch commercial 5G services in Kuwait.

The company announced the readiness of its network for the commercial launch of 5G services after the official announcement made by Kuwait’s Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) to grant Zain the needed licenses for telecom operators to launch 5G services in the Kuwaiti market.

CITRA has specified the 3.5 GHz C-BAND bandwidth for the operation of 5G technology in Kuwait.

Commenting on CITRA’s decision to grant 5G technology licenses, Zain vice-chair and group CEO Bader Nasser Al Kharafi said: “Zain’s network is ready for the commercial launch of fifth generation wireless technology (5G). We are proud to be the first operator to offer 5G services in Kuwait, a crucial step that will allow us to offer the most innovative products and services to our customers in consumer, business, IoT, and smart cities sectors”.

He added: “Being a company that continuously seeks to adopt flexible tech solutions, we will work on meeting the growing demand for data services by exploring the new business environments this advanced technology will offer. We believe offering innovative solutions for the business sector will be an essential part of the strategic direction of our operations.”

Additionally, Al Kharafi said: “We heavily invested in developing our network to keep up with the latest advances of the ever-changing telecom technologies worldwide. It is true that such investments came at a high cost, but Kuwaiti people and all those who reside in Kuwait deserve the best services and the most advanced technologies out there. For this, we have been preparing for this step throughout the past two years by developing the infrastructure of our 5G network, as well as implementing many expansion projects for fibre optic networks.”

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