Ooredoo Qatar has achieved speeds upto 1 Gbps in a 4.5G Pro demonstration with Nokia. The trial made use of Nokia's three-carrier aggregation technique, 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and 4x4 Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) with Nokia's 5G-ready AirScale radio platform.
This sets the stage for the commercial launch of 1 Gbps speed for Cat. 16 capable devices early next year in Qatar. Currently, the telco says its network provides speeds close to 500 Mbps with three-carrier aggregation and 256 QAM.
Waleed Al Sayed, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: "We launched the Ooredoo Supernet initiative to provide the best possible broadband experience for our customers, and we live up to our commitments. Our long-term strategic partner, Nokia, is supporting Ooredoo Qatar with its innovative solutions to enable higher speeds and superior performance on our 3G, 4G and 4.5G Pro networks. The current joint achievement is a milestone, and puts us on the evolutionary path toward launching 5G networks in the future."
Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, said: "We are committed to supporting the Ooredoo Supernet initiative with our latest technology innovations. Use of three-carrier component aggregation with 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM is the perfect solution for Ooredoo as it looks to optimise the network performance with the available spectrum. This year Ooredoo Qatar and Nokia already commercially launched Cat 11 with speeds close to 500 Mbps, and through this current demonstration, we are preparing the network to launch up to 1 Gbps speed."