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Thursday, February 21 2019 - 00:00
Zain Selects Parallel Wireless Open RAN to Modernize Existing 2G and 3G Infrastructure
NASHUA, New Hampshire, Feb. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- World's First Virtualized 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G Unified Open RAN to Deliver 
Efficiency and Cost Savings

Parallel Wireless, Inc., the leader in providing the world's first 
software-based unified end-to-end network solution across All Gs (2G, 3G, 4G, 
and 5G), today announced that Zain, the leading mobile telecom innovator in 
eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, has selected Parallel Wireless 
to modernize their existing 2G and 3G networks to deliver operational 

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According to the GSMA report, mobile broadband connections in the Middle East 
and North Africa reached parity with 2G before the end of 2016, with 3G 
becoming the dominant mobile technology at the end of last year. This has 
created a challenge for local MNOs, requiring them to support both 
technologies, and at the same time prepare their networks for 4G and 5G.

A key goal of Zain's modernization initiative is to fully virtualize 2G and 3G 
networks through Parallel Wireless' unified 2G/3G/4G/5G mobile architecture -- 
not only to begin experiencing cost savings and operational efficiency, but 
also to future-proof their networks for 4G and 5G. 

What makes the Parallel Wireless Open RAN solution unique?
Parallel Wireless' innovative virtualized multi-technology Open RAN solution 
disaggregates hardware and software to make deployments easy and affordable to 
install, maintain and upgrade to any future technology with:

    - Converged Wireless System (CWS), the all-in-one multi-technology software-
      defined GPP-based base station that allowed Zain to replace legacy 2G and 
      3G systems, to run 2G and 3G simultaneously on the same base station, and 
      to provide superior data and voice services to Zain customers. Multi-
      technology CWS nodes are easy to deploy and maintain, and enable a clear 
      technology evolution from 2G to 3G/4G/5G. In addition, using resilient 
      wireless mesh for backhaul, CWS eliminates the need to provide more 
      expensive transport. 
    - HetNet Gateway (HNG) is an ALL G software platform that virtualizes ALL G 
      RAN and core functions (i.e. vBSC for 2G, vRNC for 3G, small cell and 
      core gateways for 4G) to lower the cost of RAN through simplification and 
      automation of ALL G networks. It also provides seamless mobility and low 
      latency for the best subscriber experience for Zain customers on 2G and 
      3G today, and on 4G and 5G in the future. The HNG software enables an 
      Open RAN architecture by using standard-based and open interfaces between 
      network components and, as a result, simplifies and automates network 
      management and integration of new RAN products into the core of the 
      network with real-time SON.

Supporting quotes
Hisham Allam, Group CTO, Zain said, "We believe that virtualized Open RAN 
offers tremendous growth opportunities for Zain to reduce costs and drive new 
revenue growth. Our selection of Parallel Wireless as a strategic partner 
enables us to build an efficient, unified, cost-effective network to better 
service our customers with video, gaming, health, IoT, and education services. 
Parallel Wireless provided a level of expertise and innovation across unified 
fully virtualized Open vRAN that allowed us to experience significant savings."

Amrit Heer, Head of Business Development, EME, Parallel Wireless said, 
"Operators on six continents have realized the transformative cost-saving 
benefits that Parallel Wireless virtualized Open RAN can deliver to their 
networks and their bottom line. We are excited to partner with Zain, a truly 
innovative operator that is a first-mover in their region, to deliver a unified 
network to allow their customers to experience the new services that will be 
possible over all generations of technologies, 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G."

About Zain Group
Zain is the leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and 
Africa, providing mobile voice and data services to over 49 million active 
customers as of December 31st 2018. With a commercial presence in 8 countries, 
Zain operates in: Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South 
Sudan. In Lebanon, the Group manages 'touch' on behalf of the government. In 
Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in 'INWI', through a joint venture. Zain is 
listed on the Boursa Kuwait (stock ticker: ZAIN). For more information, please 

About Parallel Wireless
Parallel Wireless' mission is to connect the 4 billion unconnected people by 
reimagining the networks. The unified end-to-end 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G LTE, and 
5G Open RAN solution enables operators to deploy any G cellular networks with 
real-time SON as easily and as cost-effectively as enterprise Wi-Fi whether for 
rural, enterprise, public safety, M2M, IoT, Smart Cities, or dense urban. The 
company is engaged with many leading operators worldwide and has been named as 
the best performing vendor across all Gs by Telefonica ( 
) and Vodafone ( 
). Parallel Wireless' innovation and excellence in multi-technology open 
virtualized RAN solutions has been recognized with 50 industry awards including 
) nomination for best mobile network infrastructure along with Huawei and 
Ericsson. Connect with Parallel Wireless on LinkedIn ( 
) and Twitter ( 

SOURCE: Parallel Wireless

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