Etisalat has completed the live testing of CAT-9 on its LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network, enabling 450Mbps mobile broadband speeds for customers in the UAE.
In 2014, the operator tested and deployed CAT-6 on its LTE-A network and enabled the country’s first 4G+ speeds of up to 300Mbps. The telco’s new CAT-9 LTE testing will give customers super speeds of up to 450Mbps, according to the company.
Saeed AlZarouni, senior vice president, mobile network at Etisalat, said: “The testing of CAT-9 with stellar results of up to 450Mbps reaffirms our commitment to our customers in introducing advanced broadband technologies and strengthening the telecom infrastructure of the UAE. Following the deployment and expansion of CAT-6 speeds in many regions of the country since last year, we are thrilled to announce our new milestone.”
“As the nation’s smart vision gains pace, deployment of Etisalat’s tri-band Category 9 LTE will add further momentum to the introduction and adoption of smart services, completely transforming the customers’ mobile experience. It will provide them with much faster download speeds, swift application response times, reliable connectivity and connections to the fastest networks”, AlZarouni added.
In the latest Annual Mobile Benchmarking Survey, the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) ranked Etisalat’s mobile broadband speeds, particularly 4G LTE, to be nearly three times faster in the UAE’s telecom market.