Zain Kuwait Trials VoLTE with Huawei and NSN

Zain Kuwait has announced the successful trial of what it claims to be ‘the first ever [use of] voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) technology in Kuwait’. The trial took place in partnership with equipment vendors Huawei and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN). According to a company press release, the company tested VoLTE in a live environment in order to showcase the technology’s superior calling capability, ahead of a promised commercial launch, which will take place in ‘due course’. Zain is planning to introduce the technology on a commercial basis as soon as VoLTE-enabled handsets become available.

Zain Kuwait CEO Omar Al Omar said:

The successful completion of Kuwait’s first VoLTE call by Zain with our global technology solution providers Huawei and NSN gives further support to our strategy to bring the best technology to the country in a timely fashion.’

Bulgaria’s Max Telecom Launches LTE Service

Bulgaria’s Max Telecom has launched its LTE network, making it the first 4G service provider in the country.

The company is launching with the service being bundled with Apple products, or if the customer owns a 4G capable tablet, they can buy access for a single fee valid until the end of September.

Based on the press release from the company, there does not appear to be an option for standard smartphone users.

We start with very attractive offers for users of Apple and other 4G compatible tablets, because we would like them to be the first to test our new services and demonstrate how well the high-end technologies go together.”

-Peter Covell, CEO of Max

NSN provided the network upgrade.

The company has also announced a rebranding to drop the Telecom part of the name, and will henceforth be known simply as Max.

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