Zain Group revealed it conducted the first trial for 4G/5G open RAN and cloud-native radio access (cRAN) in Kuwait, a move that bolsters the operator’s arsenal to deliver more value to customers.
Zain partnered with software provider Mavenir and Middle East-based system integrator Masiya for the trials, claiming the innovative trials enhance Zain Kuwait’s status on the global ICT stage.
The “successful” trials followed Zain’s contribution to the OpenRAN support memorandum of understanding in 2021, in which Zain, STC, Etisalat, Mobily and Du partnered up to push forward the implementation of open RAN solutions into existing telecom networks.
Zain Group and Zain Kuwait CTO Nawaf Al Gharabally said: “As a pioneer of mobile telecommunications playing a leading role in the digital transformation vision of the region, Zain is consistently seeking technologies that contribute to building a strong sustainable future for Kuwait and the markets we proudly serve.
“This Open cRAN trial empowers Zain with better understanding and practice experience on new technical trends for further development, that will enable us to continue offering distinct mobile services to our valued customers.”