Lebanese mobile operator Alfa will deploy ‘4.5G Pro’ technology using the Nokia AirScale ‘5G-ready’ radio platform, following a recent successful test of the technology, Nokia announced in a press release today. The new technology will enable Alfa to introduce gigabit LTE speeds for subscribers with Cat 16 capable devices, the vendor added.
Alfa will use Nokia’s AirScale radio, three-carrier aggregation (3C) in the 800MHz/1800MHz ranges, 4×4 Multiple Input and Multiple Output (MIMO) and 256 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) to achieve higher throughput, along with Cat 16 devices. Marwan Hayek, CEO of Alfa, said: ‘We continue this evolutionary path toward deploying the first 5G network in the country planned in 2019 through this 4.5G Pro deployment with our long-term partner Nokia. This deployment maintains our telecom leadership position and strengthens the foundation for eventual IoT services for smart cities in the country.’