Batelco selects Huawei platform for network deployment

18 October 2016 | James Pearce


Batelco has announced plans to use Huawei’s distributed access platform MA5800 for its broadband network deployment, supporting 500Mbps broadband access in Bahrain.

The agreement marks the first time that Huawei’s MA5800 platform has been used for scaled network deployment in the Middle East, and means high-end users in the south of Bahrain will have access to ultra-broadband services.

Batelco recently rolled out 500Mbps broadband and its own TV services for residents in Durrat Al Bahrain, and has outlined plans to launch these services across its national broadband networks in the near future.

Muna Al Hashemi, Batelco Bahrain CEO, said, "These reliable and high-speed (500 Mbps) networks can meet multiple demands from our customers. They can experience various Internet services such as ultra HD (UHD) movie downloading, online gaming, and large-size file uploading."

Huawei’s MA5800 platform provides a switching capacity between five and 10 times that found on traditional access platforms. This means up to 16,000 people can watch 4K videos at the same time through one MA5800.

The solution offered by Batelco also includes Huawei’s Flex-PON solution which helps enterprises future proof requirements between 1Gbps and 10Gbps.

Feng Nan, Huawei Bahrain country manager, said, "It's our honor to provide high-quality broadband services with Batelco. With the arrival of the Gigabit era, Huawei will continue to understand customer’s demands and make innovations, supporting Batelco to achieve business success.”