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Du has launched LTE in UAE

Du has launched LTE on 1800Mhz spectrum and says it is capable of supporting 150mbps speeds, though current devices only support 100mbps

Farid Faraidooni said that Du's LTE network will offer the fastest mobile broadband speeds in the UAE.
Farid Faraidooni said that Du's LTE network will offer the fastest mobile broadband speeds in the UAE.

Du has launched LTE services in the UAE on a network that is capable of speeds of up to 150mbps.

Farid Faraidooni, chief commercial officer, Du, said that the telco has launched LTE services on its 1800Mmhz spectrum, and added that it has tested dongles and tablets in its lab.

“Our network is ready for 150mbps speed, but the devices out in the market can support a speed of 100mbps,” he said.

Du’s LTE network currently covers 27.8% of the population of the UAE and 35.3% of urban areas, according to the report.

Faraidooni added that the telco was ready to launch the LTE network in December 2011, but held back owing to a lack of LTE-enabled devices in the market.

Du’s competitor, Etisalat, launched LTE services in December 2011.