[Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019] VIVA Bahrain, the leading telecommunication provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain, signed a nationwide 5G service launch MoU with Huawei, a leading global provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices. Signed at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this agreement compliments the successful completion of the 5G readiness project located in key areas across Bahrain that was announced recently.
VIVA Bahrain will upgrade their existing infrastructure based on non-standalone 5G core and 4/5G dual mode radio unit and high capacity backhauling technologies, that will enable VIVA customers to access 5G services across Bahrain by June 2019. Moreover, transmission network’s high capacity ready hardware will allow them to rapidly scale up their networks to meet capacity requirements in the near future.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Mohammad Al Khushail, Acting CEO at VIVA Bahrain, said: “We at VIVA Bahrain understand the rapid demand for 5G coverage and devices to breakout in Bahrain, therefore we made the decision to be a pioneer in launching this technology that will position Bahrain among the first to adopt the 5G network globally. Signing the MoU with Huawei who is a long-standing partner of VIVA Bahrain, is considered to be another milestone for us given our aim to innovate to better serve our customers and improve the quality of life for all in Bahrain. We continue our commitment to accelerate digitization in Bahrain and ultimately support our leadership’s vision to become a diversified, knowledge-based economy.”
Mr. An Jian, President of Middle East Carrier Network Business Group of Huawei, said: “We are proud to be part of VIVA’s growth and expansion plans adopting our 5G products and solutions. Additionally, for consumers, we will be launching our recent 5G-compliant CPE and cellphone with VIVA to complete the offering for consumers in Bahrain, and we look forward to working together to bring 5G to Bahrain and support the country in becoming a diversified, knowledge-based economy through digital transformation.”
VIVA’s 5G mobile and wireless fixed services will ultimately enable VIVA customers to enjoy not only gaming VR services and 3D 8K video but will also provide a platform for smart businesses and homes, ultimate VR and AR applications, AI and smart cars.