Zain Bahrain, the Mobile Broadband network operator in the kingdom, has selected Ericsson to expand its 4G and 5G coverage as well as introduce 5G low-band (sub-6GHz FDD) and mid-band (sub-6GHz TDD) carrier aggregation.
By deploying the Ericsson 5G carrier aggregation service, Zain Bahrain can support the 5G uplink operating on a lower band than the 5G downlink, which operates on both low-band and mid-band. This will provide subscribers with enhanced 5G coverage across the country and increase network capacity to accommodate users and raise data speeds.
The coverage extension benefits of low-band and mid-band Carrier Aggregation reduces the need to densify 5G mid-band new sites, making it an energy-efficient way to handle data increase.
Implementation of 5G low-band and mid-band Carrier Aggregation delivers enhanced network capacity along with improved 5G speeds and higher reliability, allowing consumers to enjoy optimized video streaming and faster downloads over 4G services.
Ali Al-Yaham, Director of Technology at Zain Bahrain said: “This latest Ericsson deployment allows us to continue to provide better coverage and faster download speeds in a digital-first world. In line with Bahrain Economic Vision 2030 and the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority’s objectives, we’re providing world-class networks and improving our service to customers across the kingdom.”
Wojciech Bajda, Vice President and Head of Ericsson GCC said: “As a game changer for harnessing valuable, mid-band spectrum 5G Carrier Aggregation will help meet the increasing demand for mobile data. It will give Zain Bahrain subscribers access to higher speeds of the mid-band plus coverage extension across the nation of the mid-bands when aggregating with the low-band.”