Ooredoo Qatar Showcases Speeds of 1Gbps in 4.5G Pro Trial

Ooredoo Qatar Showcases Speeds of 1Gbps in 4.5G Pro Trial Image Credit: Nokia

Ooredoo Qatar has achieved speeds of up to 1 Gbps in a 4.5G Pro trial using 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. The demonstration took place in Ooredoo's headquarters, HQ2, in Doha. 

The Operator plans to launch the 4.5G Pro technology early next year for Cat. 16 capable devices. Currently, Ooredoo is providing speeds close to 500 Mbps with three-carrier aggregation and 256 QAM with Cat. 11 user devices on its 4G network. 

Applying the key techniques of multi-band carrier aggregation, higher order modulation and higher MIMO, Nokia said it has enabled Ooredoo to maximize user data rates and network capacity on its existing base station sites and spectrum allocations. 

With speed driving many innovations in telecommunications, Ooredoo Qatar has been densifying, upgrading, and optimizing its network under the Supernet initiative to provide ultra-high speed services and superior customer experience to its subscribers nationwide. The successful joint demonstration of 4.5G Pro technology by Ooredoo and Nokia is part of this initiative.  

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar
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.

Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia
Use of three-carrier component aggregation with 4x4 MIMO and 256 QAM is the perfect solution for Ooredoo as it looks to optimize the network performance with the available spectrum. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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