Ooredoo Qatar has announced in a press release the official launch of its ‘Ooredoo SuperNet’ network upgrade programme, part of which includes the introduction of tri-band carrier aggregation (CA) which the company says will enable mobile data speeds of up to 375Mbps. Ooredoo is combining three carrier bands on its existing LTE-Advanced (LTE-A or ‘4G+’) network to make the 375Mbps peak speeds available to customers ‘as and when high-speed devices come onto the market’. Rival operator Vodafone Qatar recently announced the achievement of 375Mbps peak speeds on its live network using tri-band LTE-A CA.
Sheikh Saud bin Nasser Al Thani, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, said: ‘Ooredoo’s SuperNet has been designed to give our customers the smoothest, most streamlined Internet experience, and we continue to deliver real technological upgrades that offer direct benefits for our customers. Our fixed and mobile networks have been designed to be fast. We were the first company in Qatar to offer a 4G+ experience delivered through aggregating two bands on the network – today, we have made the leap to three, as we offer a continuous upgrade for our customers.’
To ensure customers have access to next-generation services wherever they are in Qatar, Ooredoo has also launched ‘Operation Desert’, which aims to significantly improve coverage in Qatar’s popular desert locations in time for the upcoming camping season. As part of the upgrade Ooredoo will invest in wideband antenna systems, which provide the flexibility to smoothly upgrade capacity as per customer requirement, as well as meet existing and future capacity needs in the country, its release added.
SuperNet also encompasses Ooredoo’s fibre broadband network, including continued expansion to bring internet speeds of 1Gbps and beyond to business and residential customers across Qatar. Successful trials of 1Gbps-plus services were completed earlier this year and the company plans to bring additional commercial speed options to customers in the near future.