Zain and Huawei to build all-IP network in Kuwait

1 Aug 2013

Chinese telecoms vendor Huawei and Kuwaiti telecoms group Zain have announced plans to build an integrated all-IP mobile backbone network in Kuwait. According to a press release, the backhaul network adopts a 100G internet protocol (IP) and Optical Transport Network (OTN) integrated technology, and could support Zain Kuwait’s potential upgrade to next generation Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) technology, in addition to the future provision of fixed network and bandwidth leasing services. With the deployment of high-end routers and 100G wavelength division, the solution provides enhanced bandwidth and significantly improves the efficiency of the backbone network.

Zain Kuwait’s COO Hani El-Kukhun commented: ‘As our LTE subscribers grow and overall data multiplies in demand, we realise the growing pressure this puts on our backhaul. Our radio capabilities need to be able to cater for these growing demands which have been carefully planned, but now it is time to unify our backhaul to be able to provide end to end quality of service (QoS) and a seamless end user experience. The total unified IP end to end network will be one of the most advanced in the region.’

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