|05 September, 2019

Zain announces expanded cloud offerings with Oracle FastConnect

Zain Cloud Connect is an innovative platform that connects customers and different cloud service providers (CSP) in a simple and cost-effective way

Zain Group, the leading mobile telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and North Africa, and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it will offer dedicated and private access to Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect, becoming one of the first mobile operator in the region to receive this accreditation. 

The elevation of Zain to becoming a gold level member with Oracle means the telco can now connect customers directly with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure including to applications such as compute, storage and content delivery, databases and other services. The collaboration bolsters Zain’s own Cloud-based activities that allow customers to connect their office/data centers to Oracle’s Cloud over Zain’s international MPLS network with dedicated bandwidth options ranging from 10Mbps up to 10Gbps.

Zain Cloud Connect is an innovative platform that connects customers and different cloud service providers (CSP) in a simple and cost-effective way. It may enable customers to build flexible and scalable hybrid cloud-based solutions, providing customers with the most convenient way to connect to different CSPs. 

Commenting on the Oracle FastConnect relationship, Henri Kassab,Zain Group’s Managing Director, International, Wholesale & Roaming said, “We have identified the government and enterprise market as key strategic customers and we are dedicated to providing them with the latest and most robust tools and solutions for them to go about their businesses successfully.” 

Kassab continued, “Zain has been a pioneering company since inception and so we are proud to introduce another first to the communications sector in the MENA region through the availability of Oracle FastConnect. We believe strongly that innovation is driven by the delivery of cutting-edge solutions, and Zain continues to seek out partnerships with market-leading technology providers to achieve this goal.” 

“Customers require seamless connectivity from their data centers and networks to Oracle Cloud for their most demanding workloads and applications,” said Vinay Kumar, vice president of product management, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “With the FastConnect service, customers can provision the dedicated and private connections they need today and easily scale with their growing business demands.”

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect enables enterprise cloud connectivity to Oracle Cloud from trusted enterprise data centers. Connecting directly to the Oracle Cloud through Oracle FastConnect may enable a fast, private connection to the industry’s broadest and most integrated cloud platform, with a complete range of services across Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). 

Today, Oracle is the only company delivering a complete and integrated set of cloud services and building intelligence into every layer of the cloud. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, customers benefit from best-in-class security, consistent high performance, simple predictable pricing, and the tools and expertise needed to bring enterprise workloads to cloud quickly and efficiently. 

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About Zain
Zain is a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and Africa providing mobile voice and data services to 49.2 million active customers as of 30 June, 2019. With a commercial presence in 8 countries, Zain operates in: Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the Group manages ‘touch’ on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in ‘INWI’, through a joint venture. Zain is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (stock ticker: ZAIN). We recommend the Investor Community download the “Zain Group Investor Relations” Mobile App. For more information, please email info@zain.com  or visit: www.zain.com;  www.facebook.com/zain;  www.twitter.com/zain; www.youtube.com/zain; www.instagram.com/zaingroup;  www.linkedin.com/company/zain 

About Oracle PartnerNetwork 
Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners

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