Zain Saudi Arabia signs LTE roaming agreement with Telenor

14 March 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Zain Saudi Arabia and Telenor have signed an LTE roaming exchange agreement, which will enable Zain subscribers to enjoy enhanced 4G roaming coverage.




By partnering with Telenor, Zain can now reach more than 420 LTE mobile networks, including Telenor’s 13 mobile operators around the world. Zain customers’ 4G experience will continue while traveling abroad.

“Providing an integrated experience is one of the main pillars of our transformation strategies. As part of that, we are working alongside the biggest operators globally to provide industry-leading 4G roaming and international voice services to our subscribers,” said Saad Al-Sadhan, wholesale senior director at Zain Saudi Arabia.

“With their experience and ability to rapidly deploy high-quality services, Telenor is one of our key partners, and we are looking forward to furthering our cooperation.”

Wansit Jeremy Saiyawan, chief sales officer of global wholesale in Telenor, added: “The partnership with Zain allows all subscribers of both companies and our direct peering partners to roam in each other’s networks with superior quality. They are now able to access the same high speed services abroad when roaming as they do at home. We are delighted to have strengthened the partnership with Zain Saudi Arabia. Our focus areas going forward are VoLTE and Wifi Calling. We are looking forward to explore these services’ potential together with Zain.”

The news comes after Zain Group’s newly elected board appointed Mohannad Al-Kharafi as chairman and Bader Al-Kharafi as vice chairman and CEO of Zain Group.

Zain Bahrain and Rapid Telecom recently signed a strategic partnership agreement which will enable the operators to provide innovative international connectivity solutions particularly to the under-tapped enterprise segment and enhance the international connectivity of the Kingdom of Bahrain.