Norwegian-owned cellco Telenor Pakistan has launched the nation’s first LTE-A network, covering areas of Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi, ProPakistani reports. The system, which the cellco refers to as ‘4.5G’, aggregates its 850MHz 4G spectrum with refarmed 1800MHz airwaves previously used for GSM services. Telenor noted that the upgrade would allow it to improve transmission rates, but did not provide further details about the network’s expected performance.
Commenting on the development, CEO Irfan Wahab Khan was quoted as saying: ‘In a new milestone today, we have launched 4.5G that will be a bridge for future mobile data applications leading on to 5G. The technology will enable us to provide faster upload and download speeds while delivering superior user experience by ensuring immediate reaction time for applications and web services with the promise of uninterrupted data experience. 4.5G will also give us the readiness we need to drive the development of IoT and tech-based solutions for government, administration, health, agriculture and home management.’