Du completes two groundbreaking 4G tests
Dubai, October 11, 2012
UAE's integrated telecommunications service provider du has announced the successful testing of two regional firsts on its LTE 4G network besides completing the test for mobile broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps.
The move comes as part of the UAE telecom group's continuous exploration of new technologies that will add life to its services, said a statement from du.
These two additions will greatly improve the user experience when launched, by adding constant connectivity to allow customers to both make calls and use their data services at the same time, and improving smartphone battery life.
In addition, du has successfully tested mobile broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps, the statement added.
Visitors to du’s stand (#Z-F20) at Gitex Technology Week 2012 will be able to experience this speed through a hands-on demonstration, said a senior official.
"We hold our customer experience in the highest regard, and as such as constantly seeking new ways in which to improve our networks to provide them with the pinnacle of technology applications," remarked Hatem Bamatraf, the executive VP of network development and operations," he noted.
"The successful testing of two exciting new features to achieve speeds of up to 300Mbps amongst other network advantages, is a complement to our existing capabilities. Our customers will benefit significantly from these experience-boosting features when we launch them," said Bamatraf.
He pointed out that there are currently no handsets that support mobile broadband speeds of 300Mbps, but "we will introduce two new features soon to our 4G LTE customers, to greatly improve their experience."
Customers with LTE-compatible handsets, or using du’s 4G LTE Internet key, can currently enjoy up to 100Mbps mobile broadband speeds, said Bamatraf.
"With the roll-out of the two new technologies, the LTE experience will be boosted even further to provide customers with an unprecedented mobile broadband connection," he added.
The new technologies tested by du are:
*Circuit Switched Fallback: This provides a mechanism to seamlessly hand over voice calls (mobile-originated or terminated) to du’s 3G network. This enables customers to enjoy the unsurpassed data speeds of LTE 4G network, while also being able to receive and place voice calls on the telecom’s 3G network without interrupting their mobile broadband connection. du’s existing 3G network has been already upgraded to support HD voice, which will further enrich the quality of voice calls.
*4x4 MIMO: Using this technology, du has successfully tested and achieved mobile broadband speeds of 300 Mbps on its 4G LTE network.
Another key testing was done for the connected mode discontinuous reception (C-DRX): A feature that can potentially result in battery life savings for 4G LTE smartphones.
It does so by intelligently controlling the amount of time spent by the smartphone to communicate with the network - thus resulting in power savings.-TradeArabia News Service