24 November 2009 | Manama, Bahrain
Batelco was the proud recipient of the award for “NGN Operator of the
Year” at the 2nd Annual SAMENA Regional Awards 2009, held in Istanbul,
Turkey recently. The organizing committee of SAMENA presented the
prestigious telecommunications award to Batelco Chief Executive
Bahrain, Mr. Gert Rieder, in recognition of the company’s modern Next
Generation Network (NGN), the first of its kind in the world to provide
nationwide Broadband coverage.
Mr. Rieder said that he was honoured and delighted to be present to collect the award on behalf of Batelco.
were delighted to receive this recognition at such a prestigious event
as the Samena awards,” he said, “being acknowledged regionally confirms
that we are delivering the right services to meet current needs and
supports our investment strategy.”
Batelco’s Next Generation
Network was completed in January, 2009, culminating a process that
began in April, 2005, at a cost of $57 million.
from Batelco’s legacy network to NGN was achieved due to the company’s
pledge to provide services that complement the dynamic relationship
between technological innovation and customer demand,” he added.
NGN network enables Batelco to deliver information (voice, data and
video) to a customer through a single line, giving the service greater
speed and capacity”, explained Batelco Chief Technical Officer Ebrahim
“A major benefit of the service is that it facilitates
the connection of Broadband Internet for new customers within one day,
from a process that usually took two weeks prior to migration.
new network also allows Batelco to offer various advanced services that
previously could not be offered, thus enhancing the basket of products
and services we deliver,” Mr. Zainal said.
The implementation of
the NGN project was achieved in collaboration with Huawei, the world
renowned next generation telecommunications network solutions provider,
who partnered Batelco in the transformational journey. The major
project required the transfer of tens of thousands of lines from
traditional networks to the new network.
“While Batelco crews
were hard at work on completing the NGN network, an NGN training
facility was established at Batelco’s Knowledge Hub with the assistance
of Huawei’s experts, to train the company’s technicians and engineers
to run and maintain it,” said Mr. Rieder.
“The introduction of
the NGN is part of Batelco’s contribution to the enhancement of the
Kingdom’s telecom infrastructure. Our NGN helps us to deliver on our
promise to provide affordable broadband access for all of Bahrain’s
households and enable an e-lifestyle for all residents,” added Mr.