Etisalat claims world's fastest 4G in tests

UAE telco says 300 Mbps speed is 'breakthrough' for mobile broadband technology
Saleh Al Abdooli said the development of networks encourages manufacturers to produce devices to keep pace with the higher speeds.
Saleh Al Abdooli said the development of networks encourages manufacturers to produce devices to keep pace with the higher speeds.

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UAE telco Etisalat has announced that it has achieved speeds of 300 Mbps in testing its 4G mobile broadband technology, the fastest in the world.

It said in a statement that the speed was "a breakthrough for the international telecommunications industry".

Saleh Al Abdooli, CEO of Etisalat, said: "I am delighted to announce that Etisalat has successfully completed the test for the highest 4G LTE speed in the world.

"Etisalat's existing 4G network offers speeds up to 150 Mbps, but devices available in the market still don't support this speed.

"However, the development of networks always motivates manufacturers to produce higher speeds to keep pace with evolution of these networks," added Al Abdooli.

He said the commercial launch of the 300Mbps speed would depend on the availability of devices can handle it.

Initial reports from international hardware providers indicate that these devices will be available over the next year.

"This speed will be a turning point for the customers in the mobile internet experience," Al Abdooli said.

In late 2011, Etisalat was one of the first telecom providers in the world to launch a 4G LTE network.

Al Abdooli confirmed that in the first phase of its 4G LTE rollout, Etisalat has deployed around 1,000 base stations.

The current LTE footprint spans major cities in the UAE covering 80% of the country's population.

Etisalat said it is working to add new stations to cover more than 85 percent of the country, targeting major buildings, commercial centres, airports and other significant locations.

Etisalat added that its 3G network covers about 99.8% of the UAE's populated area through more than 5,500 base stations.

Etisalat launched its commercial LTE network in the UAE in December 2011.

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