Batelco signs network deal with Ericsson
Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) and multinational technology provider Ericsson signed a network deal on Sunday.
With the agreement, Ericsson will increase its offerings in both core and radio solutions to Batelco.
The deal, which the two deem as their biggest since their partnership began more than 35 years ago, will transform Batelco’s mobile network in Bahrain to ensure the best customer experience in mobile internet services, the firm said in a statement sent to the media.
Moreover, this will enable Batelco to start the journey to 5G and IoT by providing network virtualization services and improved 3G and LTE indoor capacity for customers, the Bahraini firm said.
“By delivering an outstanding experience to our customers, Ericsson supports Batelco’s strategy to stay ahead of competition. Ericsson’s innovative solutions will provide us with a service to monitor and measure our users’ experience and allow us to enhance their overall experience through providing the best in network solutions,” said Muna Al Hashemi, CEO of Batelco.
The telecom firm said the agreement will have a huge impact on service quality.
“This is an important milestone in our long standing partnership with Batelco, marking a significant step in their network evolution and offering a range of new solutions for Batelco’s subscribers in Bahrain,” said Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Region Middle East and East Africa.
“We will continue to strengthen this partnership by leveraging Ericsson’s leadership and supporting our customers to prepare their network for the future.”
Batelco posted a 40.2 per cent fall in fourth-quarter profit last week.
It made a net profit of BHD5.1 million ($13.5 million) in the three months to December 31, compared with a profit of 8.6 million dinars a year earlier.
Its 2016 full-year net profit was BHD37.6m, down from BHD49.5m a year ago.