A group photo of Zain and Ookla executives.
A group photo of Zain and Ookla executives.
Ookla Speedtest celebrates Zain Kuwat’s success at MWC Barcelona
Recognition after company’s 5G network won three Speedtest awards

KUWAIT: Ookla Speedtest, the global leader in network intelligence and connectivity insights, has celebrated Zain Kuwait’s success at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2024) in Barcelona, Spain. The recognition came after Zain’s 5G network won three Speedtest Awards in Q2-Q3 of last year.

The special ceremony was attended by Zain Kuwait Acting Chief Technology Officer Daaij Al Oud, President and CEO of Ookla, a division of Ziff Davis, Stephen Bye, Zain Kuwait Customer Care Director Ali Akbar, Ookla Chief Strategy Officer Chip Strange, and executives from both companies.

Toward the end of last year, Zain announced that it has become the first and only operator in Kuwait to win three major awards in the same year from Ookla Speedtest, raising the bar yet again to reaffirm its leadership position in the local telecom & ICT industry and continue its ongoing efforts to serve Kuwait’s largest family of subscribers.

Stephen Bye and Daaij Al Oud during the ceremony at MWC Barcelona.
Stephen Bye and Daaij Al Oud during the ceremony at MWC Barcelona.

The three prestigious accolades, ‘Fastest 5G Network’, ‘Best 5G Video Experience’, and ‘Fastest Internet’, came after Zain’s network successfully topped the extensive analysis carried out by Ookla on hundreds of thousands of user-initiated tests made by consumers in Kuwait. The tests were carried on all of Kuwait’s major networks, and Zain deservedly scored the highest results in the above three categories during the award period. Zain continues to heavily invest in its 5G infrastructure with world-class technologies, achieving the highest speeds and best operational efficiency levels. The company seeks to meet the increasing demand on data, while exploring new ecosystems only possible by this revolutionary technology, with the ultimate goal of serving all needs of consumers, businesses, and government agencies.

In yet another impressive achievement that reaffirmed its leadership position in the local ICT industry, Zain recently announced that it has achieved speeds of 10 Gigabits per second after completing a 5.5G technology trial on its network, becoming the first operator to reach this significant milestone in Kuwait’s telecom market. The company also succeeded in testing Ultra-Reliable Low Latency Communication (URLLC), a key 5.5G feature. Zain has invested early in upgrading and enhancing its network’s infrastructure to prepare for the shift towards the 5.5G era, which brings limitless opportunities and opens up new horizons for businesses and consumers alike. In addition, the achievement serves as a testament to Zain’s leadership position and goes in line with its digitization efforts for the ‘New Kuwait’ vision.

Ookla is the global leader in network intelligence and connectivity insights. For almost two decades, Ookla has set the industry standard for both fixed and mobile network testing and analysis. From its world-renowned Speedtest and Downdetector platforms to an accompanying and growing suite of end-to-end enterprise solutions, Ookla’s mission is to make the internet better, faster, and more accessible for everyone.

Ookla’s enterprise solutions combine first-party crowdsourced data and scientifically controlled testing with tools that provide actionable insights across a network’s lifecycle and customer experience. Ookla’s insights empower operators, businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and more to analyze, optimize, and publicize networks around the world.

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