Viva Bahrain, the cellular network operating subsidiary of Saudi Telecom Company (STC), has launched an upgrade which boosts theoretical mobile broadband download speeds to 42Mbps via the implementation of Dual Carrier (DC) HSPA+ technology. Bahraini customers can access the new speeds on a range of wireless USB dongle modems supporting 42Mbps fully mobile services, as well as the option of home or office routers. The new devices are available to both pre- and post-paid subscribers.
Viva Bahrain has reportedly set a budget to invest USD280 million in its mobile network over the next two years. The company, wholly owned by STC, launched commercial services over a 3.5G HSPA+ network providing theoretical maximum data speeds of 21Mbps (downlink) nationwide on 3 March 2010, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database. Viva signed up 50,000 subscribers within its first few weeks and had more than doubled this total by the end of the year.