Zain Kuwait now seamlessly manages 5G speeds, traffic demands and rising levels of encryption for the country with the highest mobile data consumption rate
Stockholm, Sweden – May 5, 2020 – Zain Kuwait today announced that it is deploying the full traffic management suite from Enea Openwave to amplify its 4G and 5G network deployments and support the country’s increasing appetite for mobile technology.
For a country of just over 4 million people, Kuwait has more than 7 million mobile subscribers, making its mobile penetration rate of 168% one of the highest in the world. Recent research shows that Zain Kuwait has the highest mobile data consumption per SIM in the world, driven in large part by users sharing and streaming mobile videos.
To ensure that its subscribers don’t suffer from poor quality of experience (QoE) – such as long wait times and degraded video quality – Zain Kuwait is using Enea Openwave’s Encrypted Video Manager, which enables transparent classification of encrypted video flows to balance picture and playback video quality in real time according to radio network conditions.
Additionally, the solution features TCP Accelerator to maximize download speeds for both 4G and 5G and Traffic Classifier to augment 3GPP’s TDF-u functions, including L7 application and encrypted content classification.
“Zain Kuwait is an innovative pioneer in the region with an outstanding track record, having deployed the first mobile network in the Middle East,” said Nawaf Al Gharabally, Chief Technology Officer of Zain Kuwait. “Our partnership with Enea Openwave ensures that we deliver outstanding subscriber experiences by putting the right solutions in place to provide smoother video streaming and improved internet browsing. This solution enables us to optimize video streaming and deliver in-country highest download speeds, regardless of whether the content is encrypted.”
John Giere, President of Enea Openwave, said, “Zain is an outstanding example of a truly innovative operator. Our research in the Middle East shows that video buffering can be a major frustration that causes subscribers to abandon a video within just six seconds, which often is enough to make a subscriber switch to another operator. By deploying Enea Openwave’s technology, Zain Kuwait is future-proofing its 4G and 5G networks and ensuring they’re equipped to manage the rising levels of encrypted video traffic to deliver outstanding QoE for their subscribers.”
The Enea Openwave Division provides mobile operators with 5G-ready products for the mobile core. Our Traffic Management Solutions alleviate RAN congestion, accelerate video delivery, and maximize subscriber QoE. Our 5G Core Solutions provide a common data layer to unify subscriber data. Enea Openwave solutions have been deployed in 8 out of the 10 largest multi-territory mobile operator groups in the world.
About Enea and Enea Openwave
Enea is a world-leading supplier of innovative software components for telecommunications and cybersecurity. Focus areas are cloud-native, 5G-ready products for mobile core, network virtualization, and traffic intelligence. More than 3 billion people around the globe already rely on Enea technologies in their daily lives. Enea is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. For more information: www.enea.com.
Enea Openwave provides mobile operators with 5G-ready products for the mobile core. Our Traffic Management Solutions alleviate RAN congestion, accelerate video delivery, and maximize subscriber QoE. Our 5G Core Solutions provide a common data layer to unify subscriber data. Enea Openwave has deployed its solutions in 8 out of the 10 largest multi-territory mobile operator groups in the world.
About Zain Kuwait
Zain is a leading mobile telecommunications provider in the Middle East and North Africa. It began life in 1983 in Kuwait, as Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC), the region’s first mobile operator, and commencing with the initiation of its expansion strategy in 2003, it grew rapidly in both the Middle East and Africa through the acquisition of several mobile operators across the region.
In September 2007, MTC rebranded to Zain in order to better reflect their growing status as a leading multi-national mobile service provider with global aspirations. Zain was thus adopted as the Group’s corporate master brand. The Zain brand is at the heart of everything the company does. It is a promise to their customers, it defines their vision and drives their focus within the company. The brand was valued at over $2.3 billion by the Brand Finance Middle East Top 50 Brands annual report for 2017 that also ranked Zain as the second most powerful home-grown brand in the region with a brand rating of AA+.
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