Zain to Deploy Huawei Supplied LTE-A Network in Kuwait
Published on: 7th Nov 2013
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Zain Kuwait has announced plans to launch a commercial LTE A network in the country, based on hardware supplied by Huawei.
The rollout will see Zain Kuwait and Huawei activate over 100 LTE-A cell sites during a first phase, with Zain Kuwait indicating that the technology will later be made available across the country as more sites become operational.
"The deployment of this milestone commercial LTE-A network will jump start the next phase of mobile communications in the Middle East, providing mobile broadband customers across Kuwait an opportunity to enjoy unparalleled communication services," said Omar Al Omar, CEO of Zain Kuwait.
Kuwait is experiencing high levels of market saturation in its telecom sector, with an estimated mobile penetration rate of nearly 215%. Zain has a market share of around 39% of the mobile broadband customers in Kuwait with nearly 10% of its mobile customers having already migrated to LTE.
The core technologies of the LTE-A platform that Huawei has deployed for Zain Kuwait include Carrier Aggregation (CA), which allows for full utilization of spectrum resources scattered across multiple frequency bands. Besides enabling high bandwidth, CA ensures backwards compatibility with LTE to facilitate a smooth and seamless migration.