Zain KSA and Huawei to strengthen relationship through new strategic partnership

July 1, 2014 12:33 pm

Aiming to further advance its network infrastructure, managed services, and applications in Saudi Arabia, Zain KSA-the leading telecommunications provider in the country-and Huawei-a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider-announced today new “Reload Contract” agreement.

Under the new agreement, Huawei will work closely with Zain KSA to improve its technologies and extend its customer service offering for its Saudi users. The contract includes Zain’s network new FTK, expansion, modernization and managed services, which includes the provisions of all related products and services for Zain’s network in KSA.

Commenting on the new agreement, James Wu, President of Carrier BG, Middle East Region at Huawei said: “This collaboration between Huawei and Zain has been part of a long-term strategic play to create a more robust framework for Zain’s Saudi telecom network. Within every aspect of our partnerships, we place the customer at the centre of the solution from radio, through to transmission, CS, PS and IPBB etc. Our advanced MBB technology and industry best practices, coupled together with the strong local support and End to End managed services, which will enable us to develop and deliver the best network in Riyadh. We are committed to bringing the best possible services with this partnership for our Saudi users.”

“Huawei and Zain have had a robust and growing partnership since early 2011. Over the last 3 years, the partnership has extended to include a number of increasingly successful projects designed to help revolutionize Zain’s Saudi telecommunications operations. This relationship has helped underscore Huawei’s continued commitment to KSA and reiterates our belief that the Middle East region forms one of the largest growth areas for our business and customers,” Wu concluded.

Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Deghaither, Zain KSA’s acting Chief Technical Officer, said: “we are committed to our strive to better serve our customers, providing them with the best telecom experience possible, and we will continue our large investments in our network. We aim at combining our strategies and Huawei’s latest ICT developments, and we are very excited about the new reload agreement and are looking forward for further partnerships with Huawei.”

Zain KSA and Huawei have collaborated on numerous projects to transform and modernize Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications infrastructure. Both companies first partnered in early 2011 in order to modernize Zain KSA’s network, with the objectives of improving the network’s competitiveness and ensuring it was future-proof.

“With our long-lasting partnership with Huawei over the years, we were able to successfully complete several projects to date. We always aim to continuously develop our innovative platforms to better serve our customers Zain aims to develop the LTE technology and related applications in the region,” Al-Deghaither added.

Last year Zain collaborated with Huawei to launch a commercial LTE & LTE-A networks that deliver nationwide mobile coverage and are to date the country’s only nationwide LTE network. As a global leader in LTE technology innovation, Huawei invests heavily in LTE-related research and development to keep itself at the cutting edge of carrier technology.