Etisalat brings LTE to UAE

Etisalat has announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in the UAE.

The LTE-FDD mobile network will cover all major cities in the country in the first deployment phase, with Etisalat promising data download speeds of up to 100 Mbps for its customers.

More than  700 base stations have been renovated and equipped to provide 4G services in the country for the LTE network. Etisalat is planning up to 1,000 fully operational base stations by the end of 2011.

The technology is integrated with the country’s fibre optic network. The ongoing work aims to continue to cover the entire UAE with this network, which will also offer potential in terms of fixed internet services, offering speeds of up to 100MB/s and advanced high definition TV services, Etisalat said.

“Advanced telecommunications are a key basis for a developed society, and this 4G network can contribute to developing various sectors including education, finance, healthcare as well as the economic and business sectors, the latter of which will be a direct beneficiary of 4G,” said Nasser Bin Obood, acting-CEO at Etisalat.

Matthew Willsher, CMO at Etisalat, added: “In recent times, there has been a tremendous surge in both, subscriber numbers and data usage. Smartphones are growing at almost 90 percent a year. A whole new computing platform for mobile broadband has emerged, creating a thriving market for mobile apps – and changing the way we interact with the Internet.”

“LTE technology will deliver customers the dual benefits of super fast data speeds and much lower latency. It is a transformational force that will improve the digital lifestyles of our customers.”

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  1. Avatar Giacomo 26/09/2011 @ 5:20 pm

    It’s not clear to me if this network is available right now or if it is planned for the future. While the header says “Etisalat has announced the launch of its 4G LTE service in the UAE” the text uses the future term “will” multiple times. So the question is: Is 4G available in UAE – major cities or not? Thanks

  2. Avatar Mike Hibberd 26/09/2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Hi – according to Etisalat, the LTE network is live and:

    “Etisalat’s customers will be able to enjoy the service as soon as the LTE enabled bundles become available in the UAE.”

    • Avatar Ruchira 27/09/2011 @ 4:34 am

      Du(Second Operator in UAE) also going to launch LTE TDD, but the date has not announced.

  3. Avatar Rashid 05/10/2011 @ 5:14 am

    du dont have the network for LTE. They haven’t made an announcement yet and I dont think they will anytime soon.

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