By Andy Sambidge
UAE telco says 300 Mbps speed is 'breakthrough' for mobile broadband technology
UAE telco Etisalat has announced that it has achieved speeds of 300 Mbps in testing its 4G mobile broadband technology, the fastest in the world.
It said in a statement that the speed was "a breakthrough for the international telecommunications industry".
Saleh Al Abdooli, CEO of Etisalat, said: "I am delighted to announce that Etisalat has successfully completed the test for the highest 4G LTE speed in the world.
"Etisalat's existing 4G network offers speeds up to 150 Mbps, but devices available in the market still don't support this speed.
"However, the development of networks always motivates manufacturers to produce higher speeds to keep pace with evolution of these networks," added Al Abdooli.
He said the commercial launch of the 300Mbps speed would depend on the availability of devices can handle it.
Initial reports from international hardware providers indicate that these devices will be available over the next year.
"This speed will be a turning point for the customers in the mobile internet experience," Al Abdooli said.
In late 2011, Etisalat was one of the first telecom providers in the world to launch a 4G LTE network.
Al Abdooli confirmed that in the first phase of its 4G LTE rollout, Etisalat has deployed around 1,000 base stations.
The current LTE footprint spans major cities in the UAE covering 80 percent of the country's population.
Etisalat said it is working to add new stations to cover more than 85 percent of the country, targeting major buildings, commercial centres, airports and other significant locations.
Etisalat added that its 3G network covers about 99.8 percent of the UAE's populated area through more than 5,500 base stations.
Quite a laugh really. It's like when a car maunfacturer announces that they've just broken a track record with a 300mph one-off test car and meanwhile the brakes on your car have a mysterious judder and they're recalling 50,00o cars for an electrical fault.
Etisalat publish a 4G "speed record" but meanwhile there is a 30 min long queue at the Jebel Ali customer service JUST TO TAKE A NUMBERED TICKET FOR THE NEXT QUEUE and, as I just found out after a wasted journey yesterday, the Service Centre in Mercato Mall that Etisalat's website mentions DOES NOT EXIST and has not done for some time according to the Mall rep I asked.
I'm so impressed by Etisalat! This speed record trophy can sit next to the one for their near-world record high international call tariffs.
Its hilarious they spend their time looking for new awards but their fiber based internet can't even match the plan speed they are charging for. If it was not invisible it would be called cheating. www.speedtest.net try yours.