Dubai's du goes live with LTE-Advanced
Operator claims mobile broadband speeds of up to 225 Mbps with compatible handsets
Dubai-based operator du claimed this week that it had successfully launched the first live LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in the Middle East.
The LTE-A carrier aggregation capability that du has built into its network allows it to offer customers mobile broadband speeds of up to 225 Mbps, the company claimed. Du added that LTE-A would increase average user throughput and provide superior coverage.
The network is compatible with Cat-6 LTE handsets, a handful of which are available to consumers now. However, du predicted that, with the launch of LTE-A services in the Middle East, manufacturers would launch expanded ranges of Cat-6 handsets.
"It is important to note that we have invested in such technology once we started to get confirmation from the major smartphone manufacturers that this capability is readily available in many of these new smartphones already launched in the UAE," said Saleem AlBlooshi, executive vice president of network development and operations, du.
"With our launch of LTE-A in the UAE, customers using any of these new Cat-6 smartphones will enjoy new, unprecedented speeds when in an area covered using this new technology".
Du said that it was also the only provider in the UAE now offering higher wireless broadband speeds from LTE-A technology, and that the roll-out of the new network was an important step on the road to 5G connectivity.
"We are proud of achieving this tremendous milestone. This is a result of our "smart investment" strategy that puts customers at the heart of our focus and we are very keen on introducing capabilities that can be utilised and experienced by our customers immediately, much beyond simply focusing on announcing higher speeds," AlBlooshi said.
Du commercially launched LTE services on June 12, 2012. And in August 2014, the operator announced VoLTE has been successfully installed and tested over its commercial LTE network.