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United Arab Emirates : ETISALAT installs 300Mbps LTE Advanced Technology and partner with ALCATEL LUCENT.

Etisalat declared that it has successfully tested and installed the futuristic 300 Mbps LTE Advanced technology (LTE-A) in the region, for the first time, and has also partnered with Alcatel Lucent to use the technology globally on 1800 MHz and 800 MHz bands.

It is stated that LTE Advanced technology is built on the Carrier Aggregation technique, which is the next step in the evolution of high-speed mobile broadband services, enable operators to make the most of their existing spectrum assets by combining multiple spectrum bands to enable higher mobile broadband download speeds.

Etisalat able to deploy LTE-A due to the UAE s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA)'s full-fledged support to use the technology with 40MHz band carriers. The call was based on Carrier Aggregation technology at 1800MHz and 800MHz spectrum bands applied on a commercial network.

Advanced technologies, adopted by etisalat, have set a benchmark for other companies to follow by increasing mobile broadband speeds and enhancing customer experience, said Saeed Al Zarouni, senior vice- president of business planning and technology evolution, The capacity, higher data speeds and efficiencies provided by LTE-A will help manage growth in data traffic as more customers choose our network.

Today, more than 40 per cent of smart phone devices support LTE technology and we will continue to provide our valued customers with the highest standards of quality of service and astronomical speeds. As part of our network expansion initiative, huge investments have been made into fibre optic networks connecting 4G LTE base stations, he added, Etisalat is currently in the process of introducing additional stations allocated to cover main roads, building, airports, and shopping centres. By the end of 2014, the 4G LTE network will comprise 4,000 base stations.

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Date:Apr 3, 2014
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