Kuwait-based operator Zain will collaborate with Chinese telecom equipment producer Huawei to launch a commercial LTE 1800 MHz network that delivers national coverage.
Zain and Huawei expanded their LTE partnership after the successful deployment of GSM and UMTS networks in Kuwait. On November 21, Zain launched LTE services under the banner of "Wiyana Connect LTE". The newly-built LTE network supports CSFB (circuit switched fallback) technology for voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. According to Huawei, download speeds in the field have now been shown to exceed 90 Mbps.
The new LTE network enables a number of high-performance mobile applications and multimedia services including video conferencing, high-definition content transmissions, high-speed video downloads, and social networking platforms.
Zain has also partnered with Huawei to provide diversified LTE smart devices, including smartphones, routers, hotspot MiFi and dongles. Zain and Huawei's partnership also includes agreements on various series' of products, solutions, and services for terminal, radio access, core network operation and management.
"We are building a world-class mobile network in Kuwait with GSM, UMTS, and LTE access to offer our customers an enormous coverage and speed improvement," said Omar Al Omar, CEO, Zain Kuwait.
"We have selected Huawei as long-term strategic partner. We believe that Huawei's innovative solutions and rich commercial experience will enable our customers to enjoy an incomparable mobile broadband experience."
Huawei provided Zain with its SingleRAN solution for the project, which is designed to converge GSM, HSPA+, and LTE standards into a single network.
"Our successful wireless partnership with Zain for GSM, UMTS, and now LTE demonstrates the effectiveness of Huawei's SingleRAN solution in helping operators manage the challenges of operating multiple networks while meeting growing mobile broadband demands," said Shi Yaohong, president, Huawei Middle East.
"We are committed to being the best business partner possible for our customers worldwide, and will remain focused on customer-centric innovation to do this."
In addition to the current LTE agreement, Zain Kuwait and Huawei have partnered on numerous occasions over the past several years including a 2011 managed services contract.