Alfa and Nokia launch first 4G LTE-A network in Lebanon
Project based on Nokia's carrier aggregation technology to increase download speeds to up to 262.5 Mbps
Nokia's technology to increase download speeds of high definition videos, allow Alfa to offer other data-intensive applications
Agreement paves the way for Alfa to 5G and IoT
Beirut, Lebanon - 02 August 2016
Alfa, the first Lebanese mobile operator managed by Orascom Telecom, and Nokia have launched the country's first 4G LTE-Advanced network, as part of an agreement signed between the two companies. The network enables Alfa to offer its subscribers significantly higher download speeds of up to 262.5 Mbits/sec for accessing high-definition video and other data-intensive applications.
The 4G LTE-A network implementation is enabled by carrier aggregation technology, which combines two frequencies in order to significantly improve throughput and spectral efficiency. For Alfa, Nokia combined 20 MHz on the 1800 MHz frequency band with 15 MHz on the 800 MHz band.
With data subscribers exceeding 74% of Alfa's subscriber base, the deployment of Nokia's carrier aggregation technology will allow the operator to offer innovative and high-definition services.
This deployment is a crucial step that will also help Alfa take advantage of opportunities emerging from 5G and IoT technology. The two companies earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 5G to explore possibilities for the Alfa network and pave the way for Alfa to install its first 5G site in Lebanon in 2018. These agreements are part of the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications' National 2020 Digital Telecom Vision to upgrade the country's Internet infrastructure and deploy 4G LTE-A across the Lebanese territory.
Alfa Chairman and CEO Marwan Hayek says: "With the unprecedented surge in data traffic over the Alfa network to 15,000 terabytes per year, the deployment of 4G LTE-A across Lebanon will not only advance the quality of our 4G network but will also help us quickly move toward next-generation technologies like 5G, which is a top priority for us to maintain our technology innovation leadership. We are extremely satisfied with Nokia's efficient implementation of the project."
Roger Ghorayeb, Nokia's customer team head for growth west ME, comments: "This deployment lets Alfa provide a high-quality enhanced mobile broadband experience over its LTE network. We are excited about the foundation this builds for Nokia and Alfa, and the opportunities for future work with our partner as it evolves its network for 5G and IoT capabilities in smart Lebanese cities."
Overview of Nokia solutions provided:
Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and carrier aggregation technology
Flexi Zone small cells for improved indoor and outdoor coverage as well as increased network capacity
NetAct network management system for consolidated and effective monitoring, management and optimization of the network
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TAGS: Mobile broadband, 5G, 4G, LTE-A, MoU, network planning and optimization, NPO
Alfa is the brand name of the first Lebanese mobile network managed by Orascom Telecom, Media and Technology (OTMT). Alfa capitalizes on the vast know-how and international expertise of OTMT in order to deliver quality and professional solutions for the mobile sector in Lebanon. Alfa has been focused since 2009 under OTMT management on technology innovation being the first operator to introduce latest global mobile technologies in Lebanon. On October 25, 2011, it was the first to launch 3G+ mobile broadband services. On May 15, 2013, it became the first to commercially roll out 4G-LTE services in the country, and in another regional milestone, Alfa launched the first 4G+ (LTE Advanced) live site in Lebanon in Q3, 2015. Alfa currently serves close to 2 million subscribers, among of which more than 74% are data users. Its state of the art network covers 99% of Lebanon. For more information, please visit www.alfa.com.lb
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OTMT is a holding company that has investments in companies with operations mainly in Egypt, North Korea, Pakistan, Lebanon and other North African and Middle-Eastern countries. The activities of OTMT are mainly divided into its GSM, media and technology and cable businesses. The GSM activities include mobile telecommunications operations in Egypt, North Korea and Lebanon. The media and technology division consists of OT Ventures/Intouch Communications Service and the OT Ventures Internet portals and other ventures in Egypt, including LINK Development, ARPU+ and LINKonLINE. The cable business focuses on the management of cable networks.
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