Zain Bahrain and Ericsson deploy advanced 5G Carrier Aggregation

Zain Bahrain selects Ericsson to extend its 4G and 5G coverage and capacity

Mr. Ali Al-Yaham, Director of Technology, Zain Bahrain

Mr. Ali Al-Yaham, Director of Technology, Zain Bahrain

  • Ericsson delivers advanced 5G FDD-TDD Carrier Aggregation solution
  • Deployment will provide subscribers with better coverage, increased capacity, and higher data speeds

Manama, Bahrain:  Zain Bahrain, the leading Mobile Broadband network operator in the Kingdom has selected Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) to expand its 4G and 5G coverage as well as introduce 5G low-band (sub-6GHz FDD) and mid-band (sub-6GHz TDD) Carrier Aggregation to extend its 5G coverage, network capacity, and provide an enhanced user experience with increased data speeds. Zain Bahrain is continuously evolving and expanding its 5G network using latest innovations. Carrier Aggregation is a technology that combines multiple channels of the spectrum to provide greater efficiency for data being transmitted over a wireless network, enabling Zain Bahrain to deliver high-quality content and services at higher transfer rates. This deployment is in line with Zain Bahrain's strategy to develop and enhance its 5G network across Bahrain.

With the deployment of Ericsson 5G Carrier Aggregation solution, Zain Bahrain can support the 5G uplink operating on a lower band than the 5G downlink which operates on both low-band and mid-band, thereby providing subscribers with enhanced 5G coverage across the country and additionally increasing network capacity to accommodate users and increase data speeds. The coverage extension benefits of low-band and mid-band Carrier Aggregation reduces the need to densify 5G mid-band new sites, making it an energy efficient way to handle data increase. Implementation of 5G low-band and mid-band Carrier Aggregation delivers enhanced network capacity along with improved 5G speeds and higher reliability, allowing consumers to enjoy optimized video streaming and faster downloads over 4G services.

Ali Al-Yaham, Director of Technology at Zain Bahrain said: “We’re committed to providing a seamless experience for our customers in Bahrain, and this latest Ericsson deployment allows us to continue to provide better coverage and faster download speeds in a digital-first world. In line with Bahrain Economic Vision 2030 and the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority’s objectives, we’re providing world-class networks and improving our service to customers across the Kingdom.”

Wojciech Bajda, Vice President and Head of Ericsson GCC said: “We’re proud to have been supporting Zain Bahrain since 2014, and this latest extension of our ongoing partnership demonstrates their continued confidence in our end-to-end solutions. As a game changer for harnessing valuable, mid-band spectrum 5G Carrier Aggregation will help meet the increasing demand for mobile data. It will give Zain Bahrain subscribers access to higher speeds of the mid-band plus coverage extension across the nation of the mid-bands when aggregating with the low-band.”

Zain Bahrain is committed to providing the most advanced technology support to the 5G network ecosystem in the Kingdom. This deployment sets a new benchmark of excellence that delivers an overall enriched customer experience. The company has the most advanced network but continues to invest in the latest technologies that accelerate the digitization process and remains determined to strengthen its reach and solidify its position as a telecom innovator.


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About Zain Bahrain

Zain Bahrain, a telecommunications industry innovator focused on enhancing customer experience, was awarded a mobile telecom license on 22 April 2003 and commenced commercial operations on 28 December 2003. The operation promptly placed Bahrain on the world telecom map through the introduction of many mobile technology innovations that continue to this day with nationwide high-speed 4G LTE and 5G services being offered through the Kingdom's most advanced mobile network. Zain Bahrain, listed on the Bahrain Bourse (Ticker: ZAINBH), is part of Zain Group, a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and Africa, which provides mobile voice and data services to 48.9 million active customers as at 30 September 2020. With a commercial presence in seven countries, Zain operates in Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and South Sudan. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in 'INWI,' through a joint venture. For more information, please email   or visit: 

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