Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 11 December 2019

Telco Zain chooses Ericsson for 5G roll out in Bahrain

Operator's first commercial 5G services are expected to go live before the end of this year

A 5G network promises an internet speed of up to 1.2Gbps which will gradually evolve to reach 10Gbps. Reuters
A 5G network promises an internet speed of up to 1.2Gbps which will gradually evolve to reach 10Gbps. Reuters

Telecom opeartor Zain Bahrain has agreed a deal with Swedish manufacturer Ericsson to build 5G infrastructure across the country, it said in a media statement on Monday.

With the first commercial fifth-generation, or 5G, services expected to go live before the end of this year, Zain Bahrain will “upgrade its existing mobile networks and introduce the latest 5G technologies using Ericsson’s equipment”.

“Zain Bahrain is excited about the new strategic partnership with Ericsson to support, expand and speed up the deployment of the 5G network,” said Shaikh Ahmed bin Ali Al Khalifa, chairman of Zain Bahrain.

The telco is part of the Kuwait-based Zain Group that operates networks across a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa.

A 5G network promises internet speeds of up to 1.2 gigabits per second, which could gradually evolve to reach 10Gbps — more than 100 times faster than 4G. Moreover, 5G has a latency of less than one millisecond, compared to 20 milliseconds for the 4G network.

In May, Etisalat — the UAE’s biggest telecom operator — became the first service provider in the region to announce the availability of a 5G network, supporting smartphones for commercial use. It was soon followed by the UAE’s second-biggest operator, du, and Bahrain's Batelco.

Ericsson’s 5G portfolio will allow Zain Bahrain to expand coverage while simultaneously strengthening its current network, the statement said .

Updated: November 11, 2019 06:30 PM

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