New innovation center to drive communication technology in Middle East

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Zain Kuwait and Huawei have agreed to setup Middle East's first innovation centre in Kuwait.
Zain Telecom stand at the World Mobile Congress. Zain Kuwait and Huawei have agreed to setup Middle East’s first innovation centre in Kuwait. Photo courtesy-Zain Telecom

Zain Kuwait and Huawei have agreed to setup a first-of-its-kind Joint Innovation Centre, which will drive all future research in communications technology and take the industry to greater heights in the Middle East.

Under the agreement, both Zain and Huawei will invest capital in the construction of the center and develop a team of global experts and engineers to lead the center. A memorandum of understanding for the establishment of this center was signed by the two companies at this week’s Mobile World Congress 2013 being held in Barcelona, Spain.

The new center is being setup to test new Long-Term Evolution (LTE)-compatible services and applications, and develop processes that can be used to measure subscribers’ quality of service and provide detailed insights into customer-experience analysis. The research center will also allow Zain to enhance its service offerings, such as LTE mobile broadband technologies and associated LTE applications. The advancement of LTE network capabilities will also allow the company to benefit from additional revenue streams.

Commenting about the initiative, Omar Al Omar, CEO of Zain Kuwait, said that, “we are very pleased to have completed the signing of this agreement. We are aware that the competition for quality internet services is increasing, and by partnering with a leading global ICT solutions provider such as Huawei, we are reassuring our utmost concern in offering latest technologies in Kuwait.”

Huawei is a major global communications technology firm with a keen interest in research and development activities. The company has so far setup more than 28 joint innovation centers all over the world. It also maintains 16 other global research and development (R&D) centers. On an annual basis, Huawei invests an average over 10 percent of its total annual sales revenues into R&D. Around 70,000 of its more than 150,000 employees worldwide are currently engaged in R&D activities.

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