Zain Kuwait, a major telecommunications company in Kuwait, and Huawei, a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, have announced plans to launch a first of its kind Joint Innovation Center (JIC), which will serve as a research hub for the advancement of long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband technologies and associated LTE applications for Zain’s mobile customers in Kuwait and across the region.
The new JIC will ultimately support Zain in enhancing its service offerings while realizing additional revenue streams through the advancement of its LTE network capabilities. Both Zain and Huawei will be investing capital in the construction of the center with the two companies also bringing together an elite team of global experts, engineers and other human resources to lead the center’s work.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding outlining their ambitions for the JIC during a ceremony at this week’s Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.
Omar Al-Omar, CEO of Zain Kuwait, said: “We are very pleased to have completed the signing of this agreement. Zain prides itself for being the only telecommunications company in Kuwait that offers its customers various telecommunication solutions while providing the best mobile services experience in town. The new center aims to enhance the overall LTE experience throughout Zain’s Middle East networks, allowing customers to browse the Internet through their smart phones faster than before.”
Among the goals for the new JIC will be the testing of new LTE-compatible services and applications, as well as the development of sophisticated processes that can be used to measure subscribers' quality of service and perform more robust customer-experience analysis.