Ooredoo Telecom, the first telecom operator to introduce innovative digital services in Kuwait, named the “Fastest 5G Network in Kuwait” for 2021; at the Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2022, awarded by the Ookla®, the company behind Speedtest®, and the global leader in fixed broadband and mobile network testing applications, data and analysis. The award was received by Abdulaziz Yaqoub Al-Babtain, Chief Executive Officer and Tapan Tripathi, Chief Commercial Officer- Ooredoo Kuwait.
Long-term Network Investment
Ooredoo Kuwait has taken major steps in the world of telecommunications over the past two years and during the pandemic, and continued to strengthen its networks up until this day while successfully continued to achieve key milestones in its network development journey. Moreover, the company has taken proactive steps in the Kuwaiti market and outperformed its competitors in providing the best and fastest coverage. The network infrastructure witnessed a significant upgrade over the past two years, with more than USD 250 million invested heavily in developing the network in addition to enhancing and enriching customers’ experience and providing the best 5G experience. Faster speeds and very low response rates (latency) in data transmission have been remarkably observed. Ooredoo Kuwait proudly earned this accomplishment based on the results of thousands of consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest.
Unremitting efforts have been made by Ooredoo Kuwait with great hard work by Technology and Networks teams that was supported directly by the senior management. This resulted in increasing the number of its 5G towers across the country to ensure a broader and more comprehensive coverage across all residential areas of Kuwait, chalets, farms and islands. Furthermore, Ooredoo Kuwait deployed 500 Long Term Evolution (LTE) expansions and upgrades to providing much faster data speeds, improved performance as well as lower operating costs.
AI and ML in 5G
As Ooredoo’s 5G network continued to grow, and with the rapid transformation in enterprises and industries towards digitalization and improved connectivity, Ooredoo has implemented Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to enable intelligent networks, autonomous network operations, and enhanced efficiencies. This Zero-Touch network operations has given Ooredoo the edge in network performance and customer experience.
Data Usage & Traffic
Amidst the pandemic, digital technologies and solutions are at the fore; hence, the number of internet users has significantly increased, particularly during the pandemic lockdowns and curfews. Ooredoo Kuwait witnessed 50% increase and growth in data and internet usage compared to last year, hence, it efficiently responded to this growth and increasing demand, which made it outperform its competitors, and provide superior experience on online gaming, e-learning, video streaming services and browsing Social Media channels and platforms.
Additionally, Ooredoo launched 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to provide internet access to customers in areas with low fiber penetration or expensive to install and maintain. The company has also taken major steps in improving productivity and performance for its business customers, by launching the Dedicated Internet Package (DIA), which provides a range of different speeds. It also ensures fast internet with a more secure internet connection than the broadband network services currently available for businesses.
In a statement on this occasion, Abdulaziz Yaqoub Al-Babtain, CEO of Ooredoo Kuwait, expressed his contentment and pride after this accomplishment, and said: “Our serious commitment to innovation along with our aspiration for leadership are the main drivers to constantly develop our products and services, and reach a global leading position in a competitive sector such as the telecommunications. We have defined our ambitious vision and dedicated our efforts to achieve it; our goal is a complete customer-oriented company. Today, our recognition as the fastest 5G network in Kuwait comes as a reflection of our highly expert team that is capable of achieving daily progress as well as adding a unique value to customers.”
Al-Babtain added: “We have been working towards providing the best and fastest 5G coverage at the state level, especially in developing the infrastructure of the Ooredoo network. Today, we thank our valued customers for their trust and great loyalty.”
CEO at Ookla, Doug Settles, said: “Speedtest Awards, presented by Ookla, are reserved for an elite delegation of network operators that have delivered exceptional internet performance and coverage within a market. It is our pleasure to present Ooredoo with the award for Fastest 5G Network in Kuwait. This recognition is testament to their exceptional performance in Q3-Q4 2021 based on Ookla’s rigorous analysis of consumer-initiated tests taken with Speedtest.”
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