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Nokia helps Ooredoo to launch LTE-Advanced in Qatar

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Nokia Networks has helped Ooredoo Qatar to commercially launch three-band carrier aggregation, offering customers data speeds of up to 375MBps.

The operator has aggregated 50MHz of spectrum across its 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.6GHz holdings. Customers in high-traffic areas of Doha have already been able to access the technology with compatible handsets.

Nokia Networks has also provided its evolved packet core to support the higher data speeds, as well as handled network implementation and optimisation.

Bernard Najm, Vice President and Head of Middle East and Africa, Nokia Networks, said: "We're happy to support Ooredoo Qatar in its mission to provide top-quality services to its customers. After we successfully demonstrated 600 Mbps CAT 11 speeds in October, we have now helped Ooredoo launch the three-band carrier aggregation technology to deliver higher data throughput with superior reliability."

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: "We're aiming to further improve the broadband experience for our customers with faster data speeds and an excellent network performance. Nokia Networks is helping us to meet these goals and we look forward to deploying the latest technical achievements as we continue to enhance our world-class network."

In addition to the October Category 11 LTE demonstration, both companies have also worked on a small cells project. Last summer, Ooredoo used the technology to improve 3G and LTE coverage in urban areas.