“METCO plays the role of strategic partner to Zain, helping the operator plan and deploy their backhaul network,” says Bassem A. Jalil, CEO of METCO. “We continuously support Zain in evolving their backhaul network to address the exponential increase in data traffic and technology evolution. Using Aviat’s technologies has helped us achieve those goals.”
METCO has been working with Zain for the past 25 years in transmission and backhaul networks in several countries including Kuwait, Iraq and Sudan. Zain Kuwait has kept a close relationship with METCO, from the days of purely TDM based interfaces.
As Zain’s access network migrated from 2G to 3G, its Eclipse microwave backhaul began to evolve. Zain now has a backhaul with the latest innovations introduced into the Eclipse Packet Node microwave-networking platform. This will allow the mobile operator to vastly increase backhaul link capacity as it begins to consolidate mobile phone technologies at each cell site.
“Aviat Networks provides LTE-proven microwave backhaul solutions to the world’s largest carriers, including Zain, delivering superior IP/Ethernet and RF performance,” says Michael Pangia, President and CEO of Aviat Networks. “Our backhaul solutions are serving networks with in excess of 3 million LTE devices.”
“Zain has always had an all Aviat Eclipse microwave backhaul network, which has been integrated through METCO,” says Fahad Al-Ali, Director – Network Division – Zain Kuwait. “We want to simplify our business; we want to grow our network. METCO can provide all the business and technology expertise that will help Zain achieve its goals.”