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Zain Bahrain selects Ericsson Carrier Aggregation to enhance 5G experience

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  • Zain Bahrain implements Ericsson 5G TDD-TDD (Time Division Duplex) Carrier Aggregation on a commercial device to use on mid-band frequency to boost user experience and enable high data rates
  • The announcement is part of Zain Bahrain's partnership with Ericsson to expand 4G and 5G coverage in the country
Wojciech Bajda, Ericsson and Ali Isa Alyaham, Zain Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain – 5 February 2022: Zain Bahrain, a telecommunications industry innovator in the Kingdom, has implemented Ericsson’s (NASDAQ:ERIC) 5G TDD-TDD (Time Division Duplex) Carrier Aggregation on a commercial device to use on mid-band frequency to boost user experience and enable high data rates. This is part of Zain Bahrain's ongoing partnership with Ericsson to expand its 4G and 5G coverage as well as introduce 5G mid-band (sub-6GHz TDD) carrier aggregation.

Ericsson Carrier Aggregation provides Zain Bahrain the capability of aggregating several frequency bands for higher data speeds and coverage extension. With coverage and capacity being key elements of an optimal 5G user experience, it will serve as an effective tool to increase the capacity of Zain Bahrain’s mid-band networks.

Ali Isa Alyaham, Director of Technology at Zain Bahrain commented: “Working alongside Ericsson on their 5G Carrier Aggregation solutions will allow us to maximize the full potential of our mid-band spectrum and deploy a better 5G network with greater coverage, increased capacity, and higher data speeds. With Carrier Aggregation being powered by Advanced RAN Coordination it will also help us achieve full deployment flexibility and uncompromised user throughput while building our 5G network in Bahrain.”

Wojciech Bajda, Vice President and Head of Gulf Council Countries at Ericsson Middle East and Africa says: “Carrier Aggregation is the foundation for deploying high-performing 4G and 5G networks. Since the introduction of LTE, we have been leading the way when it comes to mid-band peak rates with Carrier Aggregation, and we are certain our collaboration with Zain Bahrain will help them meet the ever-growing demand for wireless data and applications while using their existing spectrum efficiently.”

Ericsson holds a long-standing partnership with Zain, having been a RAN (radio access network) vendor to Zain for many years. In recent years, Ericsson has focused significant efforts towards influencing the Carrier Aggregation ecosystem and has achieved significant milestones in the mid-band technological plane. Through this recent partnership, Ericsson shows its commitment to helping regional operators with innovative solutions for optimizing their 5G networks.

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 48.5 million active customers as at 31 March, 2021. 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: