Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 79 - Page 56


Zain Bahrain , a leading telecommunication service provider in the Kingdom has announced the launch of its Secure SD-WAN managed service leveraging Fortinet Secure SD-WAN to deliver a differentiated value-added service to its customers .

The Fortinet partnership will allow Zain to better meet its customers ’ evolving business needs thanks to the accelerated connectivity , transport mode independence and increased application performance , while benefitting from integrated next-generation firewall security in a single service offering with centralised management and zero-touch provisioning . application performance and overall user experience , but also reduce costs . By creating a value-added service platform based on Fortinet technology , Zain Bahrain can now deliver both networking and security functionalities in one offering , enabling it to offer advanced security across its hybrid WAN infrastructure with a significantly lower total cost of ownership ( TCO ),” said Alain Penel , Vice President , Middle East at Fortinet .
We caught up with Ali Mustafa , Director of Enterprise and Wholesale at Zain Bahrain , to hear more about the solution and its overall business benefits .
Director of Enterprise and Wholesale at Zain Bahrain , Ali Mustafa , said : “ Zain ’ s strategic plans to develop a world-class portfolio of Managed Security Services locally and globally is in line with the growing demand of our business customers in Bahrain and the region .
“ Fortinet Unified Threat Management provides significant benefits for Zain ’ s local and global customers by leveraging other Fortinet capabilities and solutions clean pipe , firewall , multi-path intelligence , cloud on-ramp , email security , anti-spam , endpoint security , advanced threat protection and much more ,” said Mustafa .
Can you provide an overview of the company and your overall digital strategy ?
Zain Bahrain is a part of the Zain Group , which operates and has its commercial presence in Kuwait , Bahrain , Iraq , Jordan , Saudi Arabia , Sudan and South Sudan . We pride ourselves on being a leading telecommunications provider of government and businesses of all sizes in the Kingdom of Bahrain as Zain Business continues to address a wide array of business needs ranging from 5G , Advanced LTE and fibre connectivity to IoT , AI , cloud , security and data centre services .
“ Zain Bahrain meets the growing need of businesses looking to deploy SD-WAN to enhance their
Digital Transformation is at the core of our strategy where Zain Bahrain , over the years , has created a
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