Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Etisalat announces new achievement …

Pin It ISLAMABAD (March 04 2009): Etisalat on Tuesday announced that it has successfully completed a key stage in its roadmap to bring next generation mobile broadband connectivity to the Middle East. In trials in the UAE, it has recorded average download speeds of 20.37 megabytes per second (Mbps).

Etisalat plans to offer mobile broadband connectivity using High Speed Packet Access solutions (HSPA+) which enable download speeds of up to 28.8 Mbps and uploads of up to 18.0 Mbps in the second half of 2009. Today, Etisalat's network supports download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 5.7 Mbps
.The results of the trial were announced at the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa Telecommunications Council, during a meeting in Beirut on Tuesday.
Etisalat's Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Nasser bin Obood, represented the UAE-headquartered telecommunications group, where he also presented Etisalat's vision for the future of mobile broadband and its efforts at proliferating the technology in the Middle East region.
"Mobile broadband has an important role to play in the Middle East region and we will see a significant growth in uptake in services," said Nasser bin Obood, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Etisalat. "This is why we have put in place a technology roadmap, including HSPA+, to ensure our customers across the Middle East will have access to the latest services first." At the recent GSM World Congress in Barcelona, the GSM Association predicted there will be one billion HSPA subscribers world-wide by 2012. Informa Telecoms & Media predict there will be approximately 48.3mn mobile broadband subscribers in the Middle East by 2012, of which 42.4mn will be using HSPA.

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