LTE technology to up mobile broadband speed to 150mbps.
UAE telecom du today announced that it has completed its first pilot on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology on its mobile network. In more simpler words, the LTE will bring mobile broadband speeds up to snuff with 150mbps down and 50mbps up.
“Mobile broadband is increasingly gaining traction and we are proud to be one of the early operators in the world to begin trials of LTE – arguably one of the most cutting-edge telecom technologies, also referred to as 4G. At du, we are constantly exploring new opportunities and pushing the boundaries, so that our customers benefit from some of the most innovative services available in the world,” said Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, du.
The commercial launch of LTE services is slated for the second half of 2011.
“Technology evolves continuously and today we are excited about LTE and what it can do to enhance the broadband experience of our customers. We are committed to bring the latest technology to the UAE and be among the early adopters of the latest advances in communication technologies. We are in the process of selecting and cooperating with the right partners, to enable our customers to be among the first users of LTE in the world,” concluded Hatem Bamatraf, Senior Vice President, Network Development, du.
In April, du had announced that it had added 272,000 new mobile subscribers in Q1 2011, capturing a rather large 41% mobile market share in the process.