Zain Bahrain expands its global network by 75% in response to data growth

Zain rapidly expands global capacity to meet significant data growth across its mobile and fixed network

Ali Mustafa, Zain B2B Wholesale Director

Ali Mustafa, Zain B2B & Wholesale Director

Manama, Bahrain: Zain Bahrain, a leading telecommunications operator in Bahrain, expedited its expansion plans during 2020 – a year that proved to be significantly exceptional in terms of service continuity for businesses and consumers.

During the year, the telecommunications giant expanded its global network by 75% accommodating for significant data growth across its mobile and fixed network, driven by remote working, virtual education & meetings and the increasing use of digital solutions.

Zain leveraged its global network spread across 16 countries with more than 30 points of presence and with interconnections in more than 13 tier one internet exchanges across the world, from Singapore to Europe and passing through the MENA region to the USA. In addition, to ensure the highest availability of its global network and to provide the lowest latency to its customers, Zain has spread its capacity across all submarine cables such as TGN, FLAG, GBI, EIG, IMEWE, GCCIA as well as all terrestrial cables in the region.

Further to rapidly expanding its global capacity, Zain has ensured to host multiple content delivery networks, such as Google, Facebook and Netflix in order to better serve its Bahrain Clients.

Zain B2B & Wholesale Director, Ali Mustafa, stated: “The pandemic has been dramatic in terms of human impact and lifestyle. However, we have been successful in rapidly expanding our international connectivity to meet the significant growth which has been supported by a solid infrastructure that Zain has in place. This has enabled us to deliver on our commitment to provide increased availability, reliability and state of the art service to our customers. During the pandemic, the Zain Global Network has demonstrated resilience by providing a diverse connectivity through utilization of all submarine and terrestrial cables, in addition to providing the lowest latency through its presence on multiple internet exchanges and points of presence across the world. Zain’s global capability is not only limited to Zain Bahrain’s customers, but is also extended to local ISPs supporting them in serving their customers and meeting the exponential growth in data traffic.”


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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 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 7.6 million active customers as at 30 June 2020. With a commercial presence in eight 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. For more information, please email   or visit: 

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