For the first time in Africa, Ericsson together with Angola’s main telecommunications operator, Unitel, has successfully demonstrated the LTE Advanced (LTE-A) Carrier Aggregation technology. The demonstration was done on both frequency bands 900MHz and 1800MHz to a commercial network using a trading terminal which took place on December 18, when Unitel transferring the data through its network in Luanda. LTE-A Carrier Aggregation is the next step in the evolution of mobile broadband services at high speed, allowing operators to make maximum use of existing spectrum by combining multiple bands in order to get the fastest download speeds.
“By implementing LTE-A, operators can improve their network capacity and improve the user experience on mobile broadband, allowing future data transfer speeds up to 1Gbps. This demo by Unitel fits in very restricted list of operators around the world which demonstrated that the LTE-A over a network using a live trading terminal. We take great pride of having collaborated with Unitel to achieve this result, and will further strengthening our long-standing relationship,” said Magnus Mchunguzi, vice president of Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa.
Ericsson is the market leader in LTE. Today, about 50 percent of the traffic on LTE smartphones worldwide is handled by the networks of Ericsson, which is more than double the traffic handled by the nearest competitor. Over 180 LTE RAN and Evolved Packet Core have been implemented around the world, including more than 110 have already been launched on the market. Ericsson is now present in all LTE high-traffic markets, including Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United States, and was chosen the top 10 LTE operators, ranked based on the number of LTE subscriptions worldwide.
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