PRESS RELEASE: Zain KSA, in cooperation with Huawei, has deployed the third-generation 5G RAN product MetaAAU for expanding 5G carrier aggregation coverage. Serving a growing 5G customer base, Zain KSA plans to become a one-stop digital partner and business technology provider in Saudi Arabia. To provide more capacity to 5G users, Zain KSA integrated an additional 5G carrier to support more 5G use cases including cloud computing, IoT, AI and machine learning solutions while still delivering excellent user experiences. By integrating MetaAAU into its 5G network, Zain KSA will allow more users to benefit from its wide range of services after expanding coverage and capacity and increasing network speeds.
MetaAAU is the latest and most advanced product in Huawei’s third-generation 5G RAN product series. It achieves the best performance and lowest power consumption by adopting a wide range of leading wireless technologies and represents an important path for the development of the 5.5G network. MetaAAU introduces the new ELAA (Extremely Large Antenna Array) architecture, Multi-channel technology and innovative algorithms to double the size of the arrays compared to the previous generation AAU. This solution can improve network performance while reducing energy consumption.
Zain KSA’s Chief Technology Officer, Eng. Abdulrahman Hamad AlMufadda
Zain KSA’s Chief Technology Officer, Eng. Abdulrahman Hamad AlMufadda said: “This new upgrade of our 5G network serves our strategic goal of delivering world-class 5G experiences, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 goals of transforming the Kingdom into a digital business hub powered by Industry 4.0 and supports a high quality of life for its communities. Building on our sophisticated 5G infrastructure, in 2020 we introduced the 5G carrier aggregation feature, which achieves ultra-fast internet speeds of 2.4 Gbps. With the accelerating development of the industry ecosystem and more and more 5G smartphones supporting this function, we are expanding the population coverage of 5G dual carriers and bringing the ultra-fast user experience to more customers. In addition to the benefits of carrier aggregation, the innovative MetaAAU product will support enhanced coverage capability and significantly improve our customer experience in multiple areas including business, e-commerce and gaming.”
Ritchie Peng, president of Huawei 5G product line, said, “Huawei has made great efforts in massive MIMO technology. MetaAAU is our third generation Massive MIMO product and a key product of Huawei’s third generation 5G RAN series. Its extremely large antenna array technology makes it possible to use higher frequency bands and higher bandwidths for the mobile communications industry in the future. We will continue to provide innovative solutions to help Zain KSA build the leading performance network and provide end users with a better user experience.”
Huawei 5G Line President Ritchie Peng
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