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Zain Bahrain subscribers fast-forward to LTE via NSN

Zain Bahrain subscribers are set to enjoy richer and more advanced telecom services under the region’s first Long Term Evolution contract. Nokia Siemens Networks will modernise Zain’s network and charging system...

Zain Bahrain subscribers will soon enjoy faster data downloads and an overall enhanced mobile customer experience. The operator has signed up Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to modernise its radio and core network as well as the prepaid charging system and, more importantly, hasten its trajectory towards the delivery of rich, advanced voice, data and multimedia services. With this upgrade, Nokia Siemens Networks will commence Zain Bahrain’s transition to an all-IP flat network architecture, introducing future proof services and technologies such as Internet High Speed Packet Access (I-HSPA) and Long Term Evolution (LTE).

“In today’s business, you have to pre-empt what consumers want,” said Mohammed Zainalabedin, General Manager, Zain Bahrain. “In the mobile broadband era we need a scalable and versatile platform; NSN is providing us with Flexi Base Station, I-HSPA flat architecture, Evolved Packet Core and software upgrade to LTE that answer our needs. This project will not merely create a world class network but indeed, a showcase for the entire group’s operations.”

NSN will replace the existing legacy core network with the latest Mobile Softswitching (MSS) solution. In addition, the charging system will be upgraded to the NSN prepaid solution, based on charge at once select. This will improve the operator’s capability to bring to market innovative services faster than before thus improving customer experience. Also essential to ensuring high quality services are the network and service management provided by NetAct and Traffica.

After implementing Flexi Multiradio base stations that are capable of supporting WCDMA, HSPA/HSPA+ and LTE via a simple software upgrade, Zain Bahrain will be in a position to launch I-HSPA functionality within the year. In addition, NSN will deploy a full end-to-end offering for LTE, providing LTE radio, Evolved Packet Core for LTE, subscriber data management, network management and services.

This project has been driven by Zain Bahrain’s immediate expansion needs. However, thanks to the investments they make today, they will receive pay off benefits long into the future,” added Ahmad Othman, Head of Customer Business Group, NSN “By implementing our latest base station, mobile softswitching and charging offering, not to mention our LTE solutions, Zain Bahrain will be the first in the region to enjoy the advantage of plugging in and playing new advanced services easily and cost efficiently in the Middle East.”

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