Ooredoo Qatar has launched its nationwide LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services so that its customers can now enjoy downlink data speeds of up to 225Mbps. To do this, Nokia Networks upgraded the operator’s LTE network with LTE-A Carrier Aggregation. This is the first commercial LTE-A deployment with carrier aggregation in the country.
Carrier aggregation, a key feature of LTE-Advanced, enables operators to create larger, virtual carrier bandwidths for services by combining separate spectrum bands, thus boosting network capacity and speed as well as performance.
Through its LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation, Nokia Networks helps operators worldwide achieve the highest possible data rates, including the world’s first three commercial LTE-Advanced networks in Korea.
As the sole LTE network provider of Ooredoo, Nokia Networks has built a complete radio and core network. It is providing its Flexi Multiradio 10 base station, evolved packet core technology and NetAct network management system.
The carrier aggregation technology combines the 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands by upgrading the currently installed equipment with its carrier aggregation software. Nokia has also supplied network planning services for the extension.
Waleed Al-Sayed, COO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “The demand for higher network capacity and speed in malls, stadiums and at national events is growing at a rapid pace. With Nokia Networks’ help, we are now able to address this demand, offering the fastest network with latest technology for our customers.”
Igor Leprince, executive vice president of Global Services and head of Middle East & Africa, Nokia Networks, said: “We are committed to helping Ooredoo meet the ever-increasing bandwidth demand by providing a smooth transition to LTE-Advanced technology.
“With our expertise in carrier aggregation, our experience in delivering superior network performance and our extensive network planning services, Ooredoo can significantly increase its data throughput for the best customer experience possible.”