Mobitel, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), says it is gearing up to roll out ‘4.5G’ commercially in its network, offering end users even more bandwidth and improved data speeds to those already delivered by regular 4G networks. The company added that its Enterprise clients signed up to Mobitel Enterprise Solutions will soon be able to use the next generation network. The network will use upgraded 4×4 MIMO, 256QAM and carrier aggregation (CA) using the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands.
The unit continues to invest in its infrastructure development and claims: ‘4.5G will act as a bridge for the eventual adoption of the 5G standard, while bringing significant improvements to Mobitel’s existing 4G networks by allowing them to handle more data-intensive applications. Since Mobitel demonstrated 4.5G speeds at the 2017 Techno Exhibition, its loyal customer base has been eagerly awaiting the launch of its 4.5G network to enjoy a one-of-a-kind user experience.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2017 SLT and Huawei Technologies carried out successful field trials of pre-5G LTE-A Pro technology in the country, laying the groundwork for the implementation of the next generation of broadband technologies.