Nokia Networks, Zain make Kuwait's first high-definition voice call in live LTE network
Nokia Networks readies Zain for VoLTE launch
26 June 2014
Kuwait City, Kuwait - Nokia Networks today announced the Kuwait-first successful Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call using Zain's commercial LTE network. For the live HD (high-definition) voice call and video capability, Nokia Networks used its VoLTE solution, and services expertise to successfully conduct the project which involved making and receiving HD voice calls with superior call setup times while simultaneously accessing ultra-fast data services over the LTE network.
"Zain further affirms its leadership position by introducing the latest technologies to constantly improve its customers' experience," said Omar Saud Al Omar, Chief Executive Officer of Zain Kuwait. "Today's VoLTE success with Nokia Networks' solution is an important milestone in our planning for the future, which will translate into providing enhanced mobile broadband services to our customers across Kuwait, offering them an opportunity to enjoy unparalleled quality."
"Our VoLTE technology enables better voice calls, faster data services and more efficient use of network resources. And since it enables network simplification, it even reduces operating costs for operators," said Mohamad Diab, head of Zain Kuwait customer team, Nokia Networks. "With our VoLTE technology, Zain Kuwait will also be able to integrate network resources, optimize network and service management, and simplify service delivery by providing voice and data services on the same LTE network."
Nokia Networks' VoLTE solution consisted of its IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), Subscriber Data Management, and Open TAS (Telecommunications Application Server). Open TAS provides supplementary services that are applicable for voice, messaging, and video sessions for subscribers in LTE and other broadband networks.
In addition, the company's Professional Services for VoLTE helped the operator ready the network all the way from architecture and design to end-to-end multi-vendor integration. The VoLTE-specialized project and technical management ensured high quality project delivery.
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Zain is a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and Africa providing mobile voice and data services to over 46.2 million active customers as of 31 March, 2014. 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).
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