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[August 27, 2014]
du to expand 4G LTE network for better connectivity [Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)]
(Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dubai: Du said that it will expand its 4G LTE network by 25 per cent by the end of the year, in a move that would enable faster connectivity and downloads.
"Our internal analysis and monitoring of data usage patterns on our network has shown very healthy growth, in line with global trends," said Saleem Al Beloushi, Executive Vice-President, Network Development and Operations, du.
Globally, mobile data traffic in Q1 2014 exceeded the total mobile data traffic of 2011, according to Ericsson's latest Mobility Report. The same report anticipates a compound annual growth rate of around 45 per cent between 2013 and 2019, leading to 10 times increase by the end of 2019.
This year, du has introduced Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology, an innovative addition that allows customers to browse the internet while making clear voice calls.
Additionally, working with international vendors and technology powerhouses, du held a successful field test for LTE-A Carrier Aggregation between the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands. This technology allows for greater speed and reliability for mobile subscribers.
The company also plans to deploy IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) on its network later in 2014, further enhancing customers' experience when using du's network.
du is 39.5 per cent owned by Emirates Investment Authority, 20.08 per cent by Mubadala Development Company, 19.5 per cent by Emirates Communications and Technology and the remaining stake by public shareholders. The company is listed in Dubai Financial market. More than 7.5 million individual customers and over 80,000 business establishments use its service.
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