Nokia and Ooredoo Qatar have achieved speeds of up to 1 Gbps in a demonstration application of 4.5G Pro technology using Nokia’s three-carrier aggregation technique, 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) and 4×4 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 milestone heralds the commercial launch, early next year, of 1 Gbps speed for Cat. 16* (category 16) capable devices, making the Middle East network even faster and better equipped to meet surging consumer data demand. Currently, the network provides speeds close to 500 Mbps with three-carrier aggregation and 256 QAM.
Applying the key techniques of multi-band carrier aggregation, higher order modulation and higher MIMO, Nokia has enabled Ooredoo to maximise user data rates and network capacity on its existing base station sites and spectrum allocations. On the Ooredoo Supernet, Ooredoo has already enhanced three-carrier carrier aggregation with 256 QAM to deliver data rates close to 500 Mbps for Cat. 11 user devices.
Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, 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.”