Azerbaijani mobile operator Bakcell is upgrading its 1800MHz LTE network with LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation (CA) technology, boosting peak download speeds to 225Mbps, up from a previous 150Mbps limit. According to a company’s press release, the move will see Bakcell become one of 73 networks across the world to enable LTE-A Category 6 (CAT 6) technology. Additionally, the operator notes that while its LTE subscribers currently experience top downlink rates of around 20Mbps-30Mbps, this will be expected to double to an average peak of 60Mbps following the upgrade.
Bakcell will initially enhance its LTE network in Baku to support the new speeds, before extending to the Absheron peninsula ‘shortly’. A timeframe for the rollout has not been given.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Bakcell introduced its 4G services in the capital city Baku in May 2015, with 373 4G-enabled sites at launch.