Zain Group and Cisco announced today that they successfully achieved a key milestone in the expansion of the telecommunications operator's IP / MPLS network with cutting-edge technologies, laying the groundwork for new opportunities and business models to be developed.
As a telecommunications operator serving more than 45 million customers in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Zain Group's network infrastructure faces increased expectations and workloads driven by the growth of devices and connections. The annual Cisco Visual Networking Index ™ forecast (Cisco VNI ™) projects a 12-fold increase in mobile data traffic in the Middle East and Africa from 2016 to 2021, a compound annual growth rate of 65 percent.
This unprecedented growth requires service providers to transform their networks. Zain Group is leveraging Cisco® advanced segment routing platforms and WAN automation to bring the benefits of distributed intelligence and centralized control to your network. Cisco's industry-leading innovation around automation and cloud scale will deliver next-generation network capabilities to Zain Group to enable the simplification, scalability and open innovation that drives business results.
"The demands of the digital age mean we must prioritize the improvement of speed and efficiency, define a growth strategy based on new services and ensure security," said Henri Kassab, CEO of International, Wholesale and Roaming, Zain Group . "These are the pillars of our innovation that support our transformation to become an integrated digital lifestyle operator.With the backing of Cisco's leading technology, our network architecture ready for the future positions us well to drive tangible business results. and meet the changing demands of our customers. "
The implementation is a bold move towards network automation and represents a significant step towards a more flexible network that offers high bandwidth, improved application intelligence for 5G and a significantly improved end-user experience that defines the network of the future . Cisco technology will also help the Zain Group optimize network operations and offer a richer set of differentiated services.
"Segment routing capabilities, automation and our best routing engines allow Zain Group to implement a programmable network that allows them to quickly adapt to the future needs of customers," said Ali Amer, General Sales Director of Service Providers. Global, Cisco Center. East and Africa. "By quickly tracking its network automation, Zain Group is future proof for its network with an agile, scalable and secure architecture that supports its growth strategy and improves its competitiveness."
Other advantages that Zain Group will obtain by modernizing its global IP / MPLS architecture include simplified operations, programmability, scalability and increased network availability.
Cisco Visual Networking Index (Cisco VNI) predicts that by 2021, the Middle East and Africa will have 2.4 billion devices in network (compared to 1.7 billion in 2016) and 1.4 network devices per capita, while 75% of all devices in network will be mobile connected in 2021
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About Zain Group
Zain is a leading telecommunications operator in the Middle East and North Africa that provides mobile voice and data services to more than 45.3 million active customers since September 30, 2017. With a commercial presence in 8 countries, Zain operates in the following Countries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the company handles 'touch' on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in Wana Telecom, now called 'INWI', through a joint venture. Zain is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (stock ticker: ZAIN).
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