The Kuwaiti telco, Zain (News - Alert) has contracted systems integrator Middle East Telecommunications Company (METCO) to implement a new Long Term Evolution (LTE)-based Carrier Ethernet backhaul infrastructure from Ciena.
METCO is an integrator of telecommunication and information technology solutions in the Middle East and Africa.
With this announcement, Zain has become one of the first service providers to offer commercial LTE (News - Alert) services in the region.
The LTE based new network architecture supports the integration of current and future mobile access technologies. This is the first LTE deployment in Kuwait and offers customers the fastest mobile Internet speed in the country.
"Mobile operators worldwide are investing in high-speed, low latency networks to support growth and new service demands, but the success of this strategy is highly dependent on the backhaul section of the network," said in a statement, Eric Sele, Ciena's vice president and regional managing director, South and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa at Ciena.
METCO, a Ciena Golden BizConnect Partner and a Diamond Accredited Partner for Ethernet Products, will deliver Zain Kuwait with a carrier Ethernet architecture based on Ciena's Service Delivery Switches offering a future-proof mobile backhaul solution with scalable and reliable performance.
Ciena, a network specialist, offers open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment.
METCO and Ciena are working together to shift Zain Kuwait’s carrier Ethernet-based mobile backhaul network to LTE.
"METCO plays the role of strategic partner to Zain , helping the operator plan and deploy their backhaul network," says Bassem A. Jalil, CEO of METCO. "We continuously support Zain in evolving their backhaul network to address the exponential increase in data traffic and technology evolution. Using Ciena technologies has helped us achieve those goals."
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Edited by Brooke Neuman