Dubai has taken a step closer to 5G technology, after telecoms operator du announced the successful introduction of the first LTE-Advanced live network in the UAE.
The development sees du become the first telco able to boast a CAT-6 ready LTE network in the region, which it hopes will see further leading smartphone manufacturers make more handsets with this capability available to its customers.
The launch of the LTE-A Carrier Aggregation capability will allow the operator to offer its customers broadband speeds of up to 225Mbps, du said. It was also keen to stress that the technology will have a positive impact on coverage.
Saleem Al Blooshi, du's executive vice president for Network Development and Operations, said: "We are proud of achieving this tremendous milestone.
"This is a result of our 'smart investment' strategy that puts customers at the heart of our focus and we are very keen on introducing capabilities that can be utilized and experienced by our customers immediately, much beyond simply focusing on announcing higher speeds."
He was keen to stress, however, that investment in the technology has been carried out on the understanding that major smartphone manufacturers are in good shape to roll out new CAT-6 capable handsets.
"With our launch of LTE-A in the UAE, customers using any of these new CAT-6 smartphones will enjoy new unprecedented speeds when in an area covered using this new technology," Al Blooshi added.
He continued that the milestone strengthens Dubai's position as it works towards becoming a "Smart City", as envisaged by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.