Dubai's du begins rolling out 4G+ network
LTE-Advanced seen as major step on road to 5G connectivity, operator says
Dubai-based operator du, has begun rolling out support for CAT 6 LTE-Advanced (LTE-A), or 4G+, with carrier aggregation across its network.
Indeed, the operator claimed that customers using smartphones that support CAT 6 technology can now take advantage of LTE-Advanced on its network in the UAE.
Du said that the introduction of 4G+ will almost double the throughput and speed of broadband services, thus decreasing latency and time to content. The operator said that this would result in faster streaming, downloading and loading times.
4G+ is currently available in several areas with high footfall traffic, du said. The operator aim to expand the technology in line with the increase in demand and the development in mobile devices available to consumer.
"The rollout of the 4G+ network is an important step on the road to 5G evolution. While we follow the technological evolution, concurrently we are evaluating the possible 5G features and technologies with our vendors, in line with the tentative timeline imposed by global standardisation bodies that 5G technology should be rolled out in 2020," said Saleem AlBlooshi, executive vice president, Network Development and Operations, at du.
"While there are not many CAT 6 supported devices on the market today, we anticipate both a market and user increase of these devices, hence the rollout of 4G+ is an important business strategy placing du as one of the region's pioneers with regards to its network capabilities."
In August 2014, du announced that VoLTE technology had successfully been installed and tested over its commercial LTE network. The operator also demonstrated VoLTE calls during GITEX 2014, with the commercial launch expected later this year.