Zain KSA Successfully Launched First 5G LAN Network with Huawei in MENA

Updated:2022/3/4 15:11

[Barcelona, March 4, 2022] During the recent Mobile World Congress (MWC), Zain KSA and Huawei officially released the joint innovation achievement on the first 5G LAN network launched in Middle East and North Africa, which means that Zain KSA is capable of commercial deployment and large-scale replication of 5G private network, so it can bring more diversified digital services to the local 5GtoB market.

5G now has become an important part of global ICT infrastructure, which not only accelerates digital transformation of various industries, but also brings some challenges. For example, on industrial networks, industry terminals communicate at Layer 2 through a LAN. To implement wireless communication, AR routers are required for network protocol conversion interconnection. This makes the network architecture more complex and increases O&M costs. How to simplify the network architecture is challenging the industry.

5G LAN is a key technology to enable the application of 5G in vertical industries. It requires no AR routers and can help customers achieve seamless 5G network convergence without changing the network topology, configurations, and applications

5G LAN enables a simplified network architecture, efficient deployment period, and unified network O&M. Leveraging both 5G LAN and MEC advantages can address the reconstruction requirements of traditional wired networks in vertical industries as well as the differentiated and deterministic network requirements.

At MEC Forum and Achievements Release during MWC 2022, Zain and Huawei exchanged ideas on the joint innovation plan in the near future. Based on Zain's leading achievements with 5G LAN, the parties are planning to promote the further maturity of 5G LAN and MEC technologies and develop replicable scenario-based solutions, so as to bring high-quality experience and innovative services to enterprises.

Zain Successfully Launched First 5G LAN Network with Huawei in MENA

In this regard, Zain KSA’s CTO Abdulrahman bin Hamad AlMufadda, stated: “Our journey in driving forward digital transformation in the Kingdom. Today, Zain KSA plays a pivotal role in empowering a digital society and in pursuing the transition towards a digital economy, supporting the strategy of MCIT towards accelerating nationwide digital transformation. We will continue to focus on exploring the new technology capability, such as 5G LAN, backed by our partnerships with global tech leaders of Huawei, to achieve our objectives in promoting economic growth and sustainable development, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”

Additionally, the parties will continue to explore in the MEC field and promote the in-depth integration of 5G and industry technologies. In addition, they will work with local partners to boom the 5G MEC ecosystem, helping enterprises to transform and upgrade and boosting the digital economy.

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