Zain KSA and Nokia Networks complete carrier aggregation trial

22 June 2015 |


Zain KSA and Nokia Networks have today revealed the completion of what they claim is Saudi Arabia’s first carrier aggregation combining FDD-LTE bands 1800MHz and 2100MHz.

The trial was conducted in the country’s Western region, and yielded up to 150Mpbs speed in Zain’s LTE network.

Hassan Kabbani, chief executive at Zain KSA said that the company is investing heavily in its LTE network to ensure a high-quality service for its customers in the country.

“With the increased adoption of smart devices, the demand for superior quality, high-speed and new data services is growing, and we must deliver utmost mobile broadband performance to meet that demand,” Kabbani said.

“As a caring operator, we opted for a strategic and long-term partnership with Nokia Networks due to its reliable technology, differentiating expertise in network planning and optimization, and network implementation.”

Nokia Networks leveraged its Global Services team, advanced radio platform and carrier aggregation software for the trial.

“Our carrier aggregation solution is capable of helping Zain KSA provide better network performance with higher throughput and speeds while reducing capital expenditure,” said Bernard Najm, VP and head of EMEA at Nokia Networks.

“We will help Zain KSA become a technology leader in the Saudi market, and provide the Saudi customers with the world-class service experience.”

Zain and Nokia completed a live network demo using Nokia’s Liquid Application solution in June last year.