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Press Release -- December 2nd, 2014
Source: Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Networks helps Ooredoo launch Qatar-first LTE-A services with up to 225 Mbps speeds

  • Network upgrade with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation
  • First commercial LTE-A deployment in Qatar

Doha, Qatar – 2 December 2014

Ooredoo Qatar has launched its nationwide LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services so that its customers can now enjoy downlink data speeds of up to 225 Mbps. To do this, Nokia Networks upgraded the operator’s LTE network with LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation. This is the first commercial LTE-A deployment with carrier aggregation in the country.

LTE-A improves capacity, speed

Carrier aggregation is a key feature of LTE-Advanced, enabling 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.

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Solution details at a glance

  • As the sole LTE network provider of Ooredoo, Nokia Networks has built a complete radio and core network
  • Provided its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, Evolved Packet Core technology and NetAct network management system
  • Combined the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum bands by upgrading the currently installed equipment with its carrier aggregation software
  • Provided 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.”

Did you know?

The continuing demand for ever more capacity is driven largely by growing use of video. As people from all walks of life start to use media more intensively, another issue is their continually rising expectations of throughput and service – by 2020, a typical user will consume 1 GB of data per day. LTE-Advanced will provide a foundation to meet these challenging demands, as well as smooth way toward the 4G / 5G era.

Click here for a picture of Ooredoo’s LTE-A service launch

Click here for a photo of Nokia’s Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station.


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TAGS: LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-A, launch, carrier aggregation, Ooredoo, Nokia Networks, Qatar

About Ooredoo

Ooredoo is Qatar’s leading communications company, delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential.

About Nokia

Nokia invests in technologies important in a world where billions of devices are connected. We are focused on three businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which we offer through Nokia Networks; location intelligence, which we provide through HERE; and advanced technology development and licensing, which we pursue through Nokia Technologies. Each of these businesses is a leader in its respective field.

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