Zain Iraq to deploy Ericsson virtual EPC

EricssonThe virtual EPC system aims to enables Zain to introduce new services, while maintaining high performance network requirements. (Image source: Adobe Stock)Ericsson has partnered with Zain Iraq, the telecom service provider across the Middle East and Africa, to upgrade its existing network through Ericsson’s virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) which addresses customer’s growing data usage

Under this collaboration, Ericsson will help in modernising the current infrastructure of Zain’s network by implementing a solution that focuses on enabling the operator to quickly introduce new services for customers, while maintaining high performance network requirements.

In addition, Ericsson will also modernise Zain’s existing infrastructure into Ericsson NFV infrastructure (NFVi) solution, which aims to provide a software-defined infrastructure with hyperscale datacenter system 8000.

According to Ericsson, it will provide system integration and support services for Zain’s upgradation of existing infrastructure.

Commenting on the partnership, Ali Al-Zahid, CEO of Zain Iraq, said, “We trust that Ericsson’s network functions virtualisation solution will enable us to meet our strategic goals as well as our customers’ demands, and continue to provide superior performance while meeting growing data needs.”

“This investment and ongoing modernisation of our network is yet another example of our dedication to future-proofing our operations for the benefit of all stakeholders. It also reflects our commitment to providing the mobile community in Iraq with the highest quality of service available, delivered via cutting edge infrastructure and technology to ensure a superior mobile experience for our customers,” Al-Zahid added.

Rafiah Ibrahim, the president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, commented, “Iraq is an important market for mobile network development and innovation. As Iraqi users are passionate adopters of new technology, network modernisation and adoption of new technologies become critical to meet Iraqi users’ demand for capacity and coverage.”

He noted that Ericsson vEPC aims to support high-capacity environments and provide solutions, addressing many vertical use cases to open up new opportunities for operators.

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