Vodafone has become the first telecom operator in Qatar and one of the first in the world to achieve speeds of up to 375 Mbps live on its network.
This was completed after it tested and rolled out 3 band LTE Carrier Aggregation across its sites in Doha Corniche and the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP). Other additional sites across Doha will be ready by November 2015.
Ramy Boctor, chief technology officer, Vodafone Qatar, said: “This is another significant milestone in our plans to continue to offer our customers enhanced network experience. The ultra-speed of up to 375 Mbps is achieved by aggregating 50MHz of Spectrum across 3 bands. What this means is that when we launched 4G+, our network provided more than double the speeds our customers had earlier from Vodafone 4G. Today with 3 band LTE, our network provides more than four times the original 4G speeds.”
Following the launch of its 4G+ network in May 2015 and a nation-wide network enhancement initiative with an investment of over QAR 500 million ($137m), Vodafone achieved increased 3G and 4G coverage and capacity which produced a significantly better customer experience in both voice and data services.
The 3 Carrier Aggregation roll out, which will cover additional sites over the next few months in key locations such as West Bay, Katara, The-Pearl and others, is another hallmark in the company’s steadfast commitment to provide its customers with state-of-the-art infrastructure that takes their data and calling experience to an entirely new level.
“With the roll out of 3 Band Carrier Aggregation, we are getting ready for the launch of the newer smartphones which will enable such technology levels and this is expected to happen towards end of August 2015 when some mobile phone manufacturers will start offering these handsets in the market. Having said that, all Vodafone 4G+ customers can now see improvements in speed bringing the maximum speed up to 300 Mbps, a significant increase over the existing, but also substantial, 225 Mbps,” Boctor said.
In April this year, Vodafone concluded the first phase of its network evolution by upgrading every network site in Doha with the latest technology.
The company also installed 134 new outdoor sites, 42 indoor sites, 290 4G outdoor sites and 25 4G indoor sites.