Zain Transforms Its Network In Bahrain With Ericsson's Latest LTE Technology

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 31, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
  * Ericsson's LTE technology will ensure superior network performance  * Zain Bahrain selects Ericsson Charging System 5 to offer enhanced and more    flexible services to its customer's baseEricsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Zain in Bahrain have entered into a partnership totransform the operator's network. The agreement includes the latest LTEtechnology and prepaid charging including consulting and systems integrationservices. Ericsson will replace existing 2G and 3G radio network equipment whileadding 4G functionality with the Ericsson RBS 6000 family of base stations.Ericsson will also deploy Evolved Packet Core with triple-access SGSN-MME andEricsson Evolved Packet Gateway based on Ericsson SSR 8000 family of SmartServices Routers as well as MINI-LINK PT and SP for IP backhaul.Mohammed Zainalabedin, CEO Zain Bahrain says, "The most important thing for usis to benefit from Ericsson's state of the art technology and experience acrossthe board to address our ever growing market requirements. Entrusting Ericssonwith the transformation of our network will enable us to achieve standards ofthe desired quality at a predictable cost and will also help us focus more onour customer requirements with direct service offerings."As a part of agreement, Zain will also implement Ericsson's Charging System forprepaid subscribers as phase one of the convergent charging and billing in onesolution (CBIO). This business support solution (BSS) will enable Zain to marketits services with greater flexibility in pricing with the possibility of crossbundling and packaging multiple services supported by real-time charging. As apart of project, Ericsson is also responsible for systems integration andsolution deployment services.Anders Lindblad, Head of Region Middle East, Ericsson says, "This agreement withZain in Bahrain really highlights how Ericsson combines its leadership intechnology and services for the benefit of its customers. With our continuedpartnership, we support Zain in delivering the latest technologies that combineenriched information, communication and entertainment experiences to theircustomers."Ericsson has delivered more than 150 LTE/Evolve Packet Core networks worldwideof which more than 80 have gone live commercially. These include networks forall of the top ten operators ranked by number of subscribers worldwide in 2012.Ericsson's LTE technology offers end-to-end networks with superior performancewhen it comes to stability, throughput, and latency - the most important factorsfor end-users of LTE.NOTES TO EDITORSDownload high-resolution photos and broadcast-quality video atwww.ericsson.com/pressAbout ZainPart of the Zain Group of mobile operators that serves 44.4 million customersacross the Middle East and Africa, Zain Bahrain entered the Kingdom's telecomsmarket in 2003 as the second mobile operator. As at 30(th) June 2013, served748,000 customers, reflecting a 36% year-on- year growth. The operator hasearned a reputation of implementing innovative business practices and providingcustomers cutting-edge technologies, putting Bahrain on the globaltelecommunications map with a string of firsts - the first country withnationwide 3G, then 3.5G and WiMAX coverage. Today, Zain Bahrain has developedinto a successful fixed wireless service operator offering full-spectrumcorporate telecoms solutions, voice and data services in the Kingdom. In April2013, the operator launched a hi-speed 4 G LTE service that is being graduallyrolled out nationwide to homes, offices and on the mobile network. For more,please visit:  www.bh.zain.comEricsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services.We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions thatallow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainablesocieties around the world.Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Informationand Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and wesupport customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions.We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion). Ericssonis listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.www.ericsson.comwww.ericsson.com/newswww.twitter.com/ericssonpresswww.facebook.com/ericssonwww.youtube.com/ericssonFOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACTEricsson Corporate CommunicationsPhone: +46 10 719 69 92E-mail: media.relations@ericsson.comEricsson Investor RelationsPhone: +46 10 719 00 00E-mail: investor.relations@ericsson.comZain Bahrain selects Ericsson’s latest LTE tech: http://hugin.info/1061/R/1739054/583529.pdf[HUG#1739054]

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