Zain Kuwait Selects METCO and Ciena for LTE Carrier Ethernet Backhaul Architecture

7 January 2013



Middle East Telecommunications Company ( METCO ) - a leading integrator of telecommunication and information technology solutions in the Middle East and Africa, was appointed by Zain Kuwait to implement its Ciena - based LTE Carrier Ethernet backhaul architecture. Zain is one of the first service providers to offer commercial LTE services in the region. The recently launched LTE deployment is the first in Kuwait and provides customers with the fastest mobile Internet speed in the country.

METCO, a Ciena Golden BizConnect Partner and a Diamond Accredited Partner for Ethernet Products, provided Zain Kuwait with a carrier Ethernet architecture based on Ciena's Service Delivery Switches, providing a future-proof mobile backhaul solution with scalable and reliable performance. METCO worked closely with Ciena to roll-out Zain Kuwait 's carrier Ethernet-based mobile backhaul network, supporting its migration path to LTE.

"Mobile operators worldwide are investing in high-speed, low latency networks to support growth and new service demands, but the success of this strategy is highly dependent on the backhaul section of the network," said Eric Sele, Ciena's vice president and regional managing director, South and Central Europe, Middle East and Africa at Ciena.

"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 Ciena technologies has helped us achieve those goals."