Zain Kuwait announced the successful completion of 5G carrier aggregation (CA) tests with two frequency bands in the 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz (C-band) ranges in partnership with Huawei, demonstrating a data download speed of 2.5Gbps. The operator noted that the 5G CA test was in anticipation of the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA) releasing a new national spectrum plan allocating additional spectrum bands to support further 5G development. As reported by Kuwait Times, Zain noted that 5G CA with two ‘middle spectrum’ bands will play a significant role increasing 5G signal reach and fuel 5G service capacity beyond current network capabilities to meet ever-growing market demand for mobile broadband data and applications.

Zain Kuwait CEO Eaman Al Roudhan declared: ‘The successful test is a key milestone towards the 5.5G era and Zain’s advanced network in Kuwait. It complements our strategy to develop our infrastructure to further empower digital transformation in Kuwait and contribute to Kuwait Vision 2035 … We will continue delivering our customers state-of-the-art digital experiences and empower the rapidly growing digital ecosystem in Kuwait. This will support and accelerate the use of cloud storage, cloud computing, Artificial Intelligence, and IoT applications.’

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database shows that Zain Kuwait leads the country’s 5G mobile market in terms of 5G subscription volume ahead of rivals STC and Ooredoo, while it competes very closely with Ooredoo for the largest market share in terms of total 2G/3G/4G/5G subscriptions.

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