Zain Bahrain, a telecommunications industry innovator focused on enhancing customer experience, was awarded a mobile telecom license on 22 April 2003 and commenced commercial operations on 28 December 2003. The operation promptly placed Bahrain on the world telecom map through the introduction of many mobile technology innovations that continue to this day with nationwide high-speed 4G LTE services being offered through the Kingdom’s most advanced mobile network along with an innovation complete end-to-end eShop offering customers the opportunity to buy products and services online anywhere, anytime. The operator was recognized as the network with the highest fixed wireless broadband download speeds in the Kingdom in 2018 by the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA). Zain Bahrain, listed on the Bahrain Bourse (Ticker: ZAINBH), and considered a stakeholder in and contributor to Bahrain’s future prosperity, as outlined in the leadership’s Vision 2030. Empowering employees remains the heart of Zain Bahrain’s strategy; the operator achieved a Bahranization of close to 95% in 2018. It has demonstrated its commitment to the community by relaunching its youth empower program, under the new name ‘Zain Youth. Zain Bahrain is part of is part of Zain Group, a leading telecommunications operator across the Middle East and Africa, which provides mobile voice and data services to over 50 million active customers as of 31 March 2019. With a commercial presence in eight countries, Zain operates in Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and South Sudan. In Lebanon, the Group manages ‘touch’ on behalf of the government. In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in ‘INWI’, through a joint venture.