METCO and NEC deploy microwave backhaul network for Zain

Zain Kuwait is boosting the capacity of its LTE, 3G and 2G networks via a new agreement with NEC and solutions integrator METCO (Middle East Telecommunications Company).

The agreement will upgrade Zain Kuwait's backhaul transmission network to meet growing mobile broadband demand using NEC's iPASOLINK series of advanced microwave radio solutions and network management system. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

METCO have indicated that the new Zain Kuwait microwave network will be one of the most extensive in the world. Zain is currently the leader in the mobile broadband field in relations to the amount of active mobile customers who have already migrated to the LTE network, which is available nationwide.

Bassem A. Jalil, METCO's Chief Executive Officer, stated: "We are determined to attain premium technology solutions that measure up to the best international standards. By joining forces with NEC we were able to provide the most advanced backhaul solution for Zain's 2G/3G and LTE network."

Noboru Takahashi, President of NEC Saudi Arabia said, "As more people switch to LTE phones, it is vital that operators have the backhaul capacity to take the strain and deliver the high speed, high capacity mobile broadband experience consumers want. Far from just making calls, consumers now want to use their phones to do everything from streaming high definition videos to browsing the web."


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