Ericsson and Zain partner for 5G research and development

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Published December 5th, 2016 - 08:32 GMT
Tarek Saadi, Head of GCC and Pakistan at Ericsson
Tarek Saadi, Head of GCC and Pakistan at Ericsson

During the Zain Technology Conference held in Amman, Jordan this week, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Zain Group entered into an agreement on 5G research and development.

The collaboration aims to develop new 5G use cases, requirements and deployment scenarios, as well as evaluate performance and applicability of potential 5G key technology components. The partnership ensures both parties can pave the way for 5G deployment in the Middle East supporting Zain’s transformation towards digitization.

Hisham Allam, Chief Technology Officer, Zain Group said, “As a leading 4G operator, we are always working to ensure that we are first to market with new innovations for our customers. Working with Ericsson will enable us to gain additional insights into our customer market and potential growth areas supporting our vision of being a digital lifestyle operator.”

Tarek Saadi, Head of GCC and Pakistan at Ericsson, said, “5G will lay the foundation to the industrial internet. 5G will make it possible to deploy IoT devices with a battery life lasting 10 times longer than today. Working together with Zain will enable us to explore new opportunities for use cases that we haven’t yet dreamed of, new markets, and radically new business models.” 

Background Information


Ericsson is one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through our networks. We enable the full value of connectivity by creating game-changing technology and services that are easy to use, adopt and scale, making our customers successful in a fully connected world. For more than 140 years, our ideas, technology and people have changed the world: real turning points that have transformed lives, industries and society as a whole.


Zain is the pioneer of mobile telecommunications in the Middle East. We began life in 1983 in Kuwait as the region’s first mobile operator, and since the initiation of our expansion strategy in 2003, we have expanded rapidly. Today, we are a leading mobile voice and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and Africa countries with a workforce of over 6,000 providing a comprehensive range of mobile voice and data services to over 50 million active individual and business customers as of March 31, 2019.

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