Ooredoo will be Qatar’s first operator to commercially launch the ultrafast 4G Long –Term-Evolution (LTE) mobile broadband network in April.
The 4G LTE network will deliver speeds that are three-to-six times faster than the current 3G network and will offer the best penetration in the Arabian Gulf. Customers will be able to easily stream high-bandwidth content like HD video on their mobile phones, and to transfer large files through 4G USB modems and MiFi devices.
Ooredoo will launch the 4G LTE network starting in Doha, where it has already installed 100 antennas, including at popular destinations such as The Pearl, Katara, West Bay, the Corniche and Sealine Beach Resort. Ooredoo will roll-out the network to the rest of the country in phases.
Customers will need to make sure that their mobile devices are compatible with the 4G LTE network, which runs on the 800 Mhz and 2,600 Mhz bandwidth frequencies. Ooredoo is in discussion with vendors to ensure that there will be affordable 4G LTE-enabled mobile devices in stock for April. Details on pricing and network availability will be made at the announcement in April.
The 4G LTE network is part of Ooredoo’s strategy in delivering across-the-board network enhancements. During 2013, Ooredoo has been enhancing indoor and outdoor network coverage, including enhancing 3G network capacity and improving coverage in high-rise buildings.
Ooredoo’s 4G LTE network complements its Ooredoo Fibre service, which delivers home broadband Internet and the Next Generation Mozaic TV service. Ooredoo Fibre has been activated in more than 36,000 homes, and has passed another 131,000 home for later activation.