Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has selected long-term partner Ericsson as sole equipment vendor for deployment of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network. The agreement includes LTE radio access network, Evolved Packet Core and an upgrade of the circuit switched core and Operations Support System to support LTE. CommsUpdate reported that Batelco launched commercial LTE services in late-February 2013 using the 1800MHz frequency band, for handset, tablet or USB dongle users on post-paid contracts, with an initial product range including three LTE-ready smartphones.
Also this week, Batelco revealed that it has implemented LTE coverage at the Bahrain International Circuit, in preparation for the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix which begins on 19 April.
‘We live in a hyper-connected world and mobile broadband has emerged as a key link between consumers and the wealth of information they seek to have instant access to. The widespread use of smartphones, coupled with mobile access to the internet has emphasised the need for network technology to reduce latency and improve efficiencies by the adoption of new technologies, such as 4G LTE,’ said Victoria Strand, president and head of Ericsson Gulf Council Countries & Pakistan. Utilising Ericsson’s end-to-end LTE solution, Batelco has been able to provide its customers with faster internet connectivity and enable rich multimedia applications such as High Definition (HD) video streaming and chatting, cloud services, conferencing and other HD applications.