United Arab Emirates (UAE) fixed and mobile operator Du has announced the commercial launch of Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) 4G technology on its networks. The network employs carrier aggregation technology to provide peak theoretical download speeds of 225Mbps, Du says. The telco launched its first LTE services in June 2012 using spectrum in the 1800MHz band.
Separately, Du has awarded a AED52.6 million (USD14.3 million) contract to Kuwait-based firm Future International Communications covering the maintenance of all its fixed and cellular infrastructure, including fibre backbone networks. The contract will run for three years.