Контракты: Nokia поставит для саудовской Zain решение LTE-A CA

Сегодня Nokia (Nokia Networks) анонсирует контракт с Zain, Саудовская Аравия. Согласно контракту, вендор поставит набор своих решений на коммерческие сети 2G, 3G, 4G оператора Zain. Впервые на Ближнем Востоке будет осуществлен рефарминг диапазона 2100 для сети LTE. Впервые по заявлению компании будет проведена агрегация частот 1800 МГц и 2100 МГц. Планируется также внедрить поддержку 4x2 MIMO. В проекте будут использоваться малые соты LTE для обеспечения дополнительной емкости. 

Контракт заключен в рамках программы RELOAD (перезарядка). Поставляться будет решение Single RAN для замены части устаревшего оборудования 2G / 3G компании, базовые станций Flexi Compact и малые соты Flexi Zone с поддержкой LTE-A, а также решение NetAct для мониторинга, управления и оптимизации сети. Также будет поставлено облачное решение Liquid Application на базе RACS (Radio Applications Clous Server), призванное обеспечить высокую пропускную способность и возможность экономии на опорной сети, а также набор приложений, например, "дополненной реальности" и сервисов на основе геопозиционирования.  

Перезарядка призвана обеспечить компании сети на основе самых передовых решений. 

Малые соты будут использоваться для обеспечения качественного покрытия Zain LTE в офисах, торговых центрах, отелях и в жилых домах. Компания намерена переиспользовать имеющиеся у нее частоты диапазона 2100 МГц, которые планируется использовать вместе с диапазоном 1800 МГц для наращивания пиковых и средних скоростей в сети. 

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Nokia Networks posts MEA firsts in deal to modernize, expand Zain’s network
 
First Liquid Applications deployment in Zain’s commercial network
 
First refarming of 2100 MHz band for LTE launch
 
First carrier aggregation of 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands for improved LTE speed and coverage
 
First 4x2 Multiple Input and Multiple Output radio technology to enhance data throughput
 
First LTE small cells deployment to generate additional capacity
 
 
25 June 2014
 
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Nokia Networks today signed a large contract with Zain KSA to modernize and expand the operator’s network in a program called RELOAD. With this contract, Nokia Networks and Zain achieve many key milestones in the Saudi market as well as the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, partnering to provide a superior mobile broadband experience.
 
To address the growing demand for high-speed and innovative data services in preparation for the Hajj pilgrimage in November, Nokia Networks will deploy not only its compact Single RAN Advanced to refarm part of Zain KSA’s 2G and 3G frequencies, but also its innovative Flexi Zone small cells for ultra-fast 4G, its LTE Advanced services, and NetAct for monitoring, managing and optimizing Zain KSA’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. Furthermore, Nokia’s new energy-saving Flexi Compact Base Stations will be installed to reduce operating costs.
 
Nokia Networks will also deploy its Liquid Applications, an industry-first distributed cloud solution, which is enabled by its Radio Applications Cloud Server (RACS). This will provide Zain KSA with enhanced 4G throughput and backhauling savings, and will put it into a postion to deliver customized applications such as augmented reality and location-based services due to its exposure to real-time network data.
 
Hassan Kabbani, CEO of Zain KSA, said: “We want to reload our network infrastructure with the very latest of technologies in order to address the high demand for more interesting services. We are confident that Nokia’s unique technologies such as Liquid Applications will greatly improve customer experience and position Zain KSA as a technology leader in the Saudi market.”
 
Igor Leprince, Senior Vice President & Head of MEA, Nokia Networks, said: “This huge project exemplifies the strong partnership we have developed over the years and will result in Zain KSA’s network being one of the best in the region.”
 
Nokia Networks will also deploy its indoor building solution along with its advanced 4G Small Cells to enhance mobile broadband coverage for Zain KSA’s subscribers inside offices, malls, hotels and residential buildings.
 
In another MEA-first, Nokia Networks will refarm the existing 2100 MHz spectrums, in addition to 1800 MHz band, to enable Zain KSA to expand its LTE services offering. Since spectrum is a limited resource, refarming will provide huge cost benefits for Zain when launching LTE services. Nokia Networks will also provide carrier aggregation capabilites, combining both the existing spectrum bands of 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz to increase the network capacity, speed and coverage for LTE services. This carrier aggregation of FDD-LTE spectrum bands is also another first for MEA region.
 
Eng. Sultan Abdulaziz Al-Deghaither, Zain KSA’s acting Chief Technical Officer, said: “Since its launch in the Saudi market, Zain KSA has worked relentlessly on improving its network, and providing it with the latest in the world of telecommunications. With the increased adoption of smart devices, and increasing demand on ultra-fast 4G mobile broadband services in mind, we believe that our long-term partnership with Nokia Networks, with its state-of-the-art multi-radio technologies and services, will maximize our network resources so we can roll out cost-efficient 4G services.”
 
Samer Qablawi, Head of Zain KSA customer team, Nokia Networks, said: “We are committed to helping Zain KSA carry out its ambitious network modernization and expansion program. Our best-in-class technology and services expertise will ensure the highest network quality possible at a lower cost for the operator.”
 
In addition, Nokia Networks will provide its Global Services including Network Planning and Optimization, Network Implementation and System Integration, competence development as well as hardware and software care to ensure smooth operations and high network quality.
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