Zain launches first 4G-LTE network in Sudan

Mobile network operator Zain Group has become the first to launch a high-speed 4G-LTE network in Sudan, the sixth market in total where it has launched the technology.

Zain is Sudan’s largest telecoms operator, and the first stage of its 4G coverage in Sudan will cover the cities of Khartoum, Medani, Port Sudan and El Obeid, with these central and populated areas being launched in cooperation with leading global technology solutions provider Ericsson.

Nearly 300 sites are now live, with 21 other cities in the regions set to gain coverage by the end of 2016. The population coverage of the 4G network will reach over 20 per cent in the first stage of roll out. 4G services will subsequently be extended to other regional centres across the country, using the cooperation of Huawei.

Zain Sudan managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Elfatih Erwa said the introduction of 4G places Sudan at the forefront of countries providing mobile data services on the continent. “Zain remains committed to delivering the highest quality of service to its customers in all the markets in which it operates, and highly appreciates the opportunity to introduce 4G into Sudan,” Erwa said.

“The authorities in Sudan showed wisdom and foresight in granting a 4G licence to Zain at a sensible fee amount, as it allowed Zain to invest more in technology and infrastructure, as well as to offer competitive pricing for 4G services. The Sudanese people are ultimately the beneficiaries of this wisdom.”

The company said the development of internet technology through 4G services would contribute to the upgrading of all aspects of life, especially in areas such as health, where diagnosis, medical treatment, and the remote conduct of surgeries can be facilitated.