du successfully completes first pilot on Long Term Evolution (4G)


du has successfully conducted and completed its first pilot on Long Term Evolution (LTE) on its mobile network supporting mobile broadband speeds upto 150 Mbps.

Commercial launch of LTE services is slated for the second half of 2011. During the pilot, du's network team successfully completed the first LTE call on its network achieving mobile broadband speeds of upto 150 Mbps download and 50 Mbps upload speeds.

"Mobile broadband is increasingly gaining traction and we are proud to be one of the early operators in the world to begin trials of LTE - arguably one of the most cutting-edge telecom technologies, also referred to as 4G," said Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, du.

The company collaborates with well-known telecom solutions providers and is conducting pilots with technology and network partners to evaluate the different LTE solutions and their compatibility on its network.

" We are in the process of selecting and cooperating with the right partners, to enable our customers to be among the first users of LTE in the world," concluded Hatem Bamatraf, Senior Vice President, Network Development, du.

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