Zain Bahrain, Ericsson to deploy advanced 5G carrier aggregation

Zain Bahrain, Ericsson to deploy advanced 5G carrier aggregation

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.”

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