Manama, Bahrain: A delegation from Batelco, led by Chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa visited Ericsson’s headquarters in Sweden. Ericsson Chief Executive Officer, Börje Ekholm alongside Ericsson leaders and executives received the Batelco team at the Company’s ‘Imagine Studio’, a meeting and event space that showcases Ericsson’s latest products, services and solutions.

During the visit, Ericsson experts presented multiple demos and innovative use cases that showcase futuristic products, solutions, and visionary scenarios, providing an opportunity to experience the power of limitless connectivity, and witness the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in different sectors and industries.

Batelco Chairman Shaikh Abdulla bin Khalifa Al Khalifa commented on the visit, “I would like to extend appreciation to our key strategic partner, Ericsson, and special thanks to CEO Börje Ekholm, for welcoming us to their ‘Imagine Studio’.  I am happy to have seen the latest technologies and innovative solutions which were showcased by Ericsson’s experts and partners.”

“Digital evolution is an important element in supporting Bahrain’s digital economy, and with an already strong 5G network in Bahrain, digital growth will continue to factor strongly in our ambitious transformation plans. We look forward to further collaborations with Ericsson to support our initiatives in unlocking advanced benefits for different industries and individuals in the Kingdom.”

President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa Fadi Pharaon says: ”It was indeed a pleasure to welcome Batelco’s delegation to the Ericsson Imagine Studio at our headquarter in Sweden. The Kingdom of Bahrain is accelerating the advancement of innovation and technology as key pillars to realize Bahrain Economic Vision 2030. Throughout the visit, we discussed areas of future collaboration, further cementing our long-standing partnership and supporting Batelco’s success.”

As key strategic partners, Batelco and Ericsson have continued to build a fruitful relationship over many years and their collaboration has led to a number of key milestones including Batelco’s deployment of the first commercial non-standalone 5G network across Bahrain in 2019. Furthermore, earlier this year Batelco and Ericsson signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore a range of 5G technologies and enhance its network capabilities further, including working towards reducing network power consumption and developing solutions for smart and sustainable 5G networks.