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Du to offer the UAE’s fastest 4G broadband from next month
Sunday, Jun 10, 2012
Dubai Du has announced it will begin offering a 4G 100mbps broadband service from next month, the fastest available in the UAE, according to chief commercial officer Farid Faraidooni.
The new service will more than quadruple the 24mbps fastest speed previously offered by the telco.
Etisalat currently offers a 30mbps service, while STC in Saudi Arabia gives customers speeds of up to 200mbps.
“ Du is focusing more on the data than the voice,” he said. “We are investing heavily on infrastructure for mobile broadband customers.”
“They are bothered about how fast my broadband is and how easy it is. We have done a survey, and what we got from the feedback is that the customers are always on the move.”
With the growth in uploading data to the likes of Facebook, YouTube and other social networks, speed has become “an important factor”, according to Faraidooni.
“So your traditional upload speed of 512KB is not comfortable. This is the speed you get today,” he said.
“Consumers have become generators of content. We are introducing ‘real home broadband premium’ where you can enhance your upload speed.
“It can go to a maximum upload speed of 6mbps for a 24mpbs download speed. We will be offering six times faster than our competitor at the same price.”
Faraidooni revealed the launch could have come earlier if there were devices on the market to make it worth it.
He said even faster speeds were possible once the technology caught up.
“Our 4G LTE network was ready for deployment in December 2011, but there was no devices available at our spectrum (1800mhz) for consumers to really benefit from LTE. We have tested the dongles and tablets in our lab,” he said.
“Our network is ready for 150mbps speed, but the devices out in the market can support a speed of 100mbps.”
Du currently covers 27.8 per cent of the population of the UAE and will offer the new service across its reach. It also covers 35.3 per cent of urban areas.
“Customers can buy a tablet from the market and insert a 4G LTE-enabled Sim card and start using it,” Faraidooni said.
“You don’t need any configuration settings. We are ready for 4G LTE smartphones also, but we don’t have a device that works on 1800mhz spectrum.”
Testing has show that Apple’s iPads will not operate in the new spectrum.
Faraidooni said pricing would be reasonable, without giving further details.
By Naushad K. Cherrayil Staff Reporter
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