Zain has selected Ericsson to develop and test selected 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) cases.
The new partnership will accelerate digitalization in the region, enabling rapid deployment of innovative services in the Internet of Things (IoT) in the coming years.
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The 5G and IoT agreement covers live demonstrations and strengthens technical cooperation between the two companies and will ensure smooth 4G to 5G evolution across Zain’s networks.
Bader Al Kharafi, Group CEO of Zain, said: “5G will open the door for new applications that will transform consumer behavior and industries. By introducing these new technologies, we will enrich the digital lifestyles of individuals and support the growth and development of businesses.”
DOCOMO Digital and Zain Group will launch the Zain Group Application Program Interface (API) Platform that will see the operator exposing its APIs, helping to remove a significant barrier to developing digital partnerships.
Zain will initially launch the platform with a pilot phase in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia and will be gradually extended to all Zain operations. The API platform is set to give opportunities for large digital players and individual developers alike to be able to launch services to Zain customers in a reduced amount of time.