Posted on November 15, 2016

Vodafone Qatar, in partnership with Huawei, today announced another milestone for their 4G network having achieved data speeds of 1Gbps in a test environment thanks to the introduction of 4.5G technology.

The necessary technology to achieve such high speeds was tested on live sites in Vodafone Qatar’s network reaching speeds of up to 780Mbps. This speed allows the download of a typical HD movie of 3GB within around 30 seconds. Vodafone is one of the first carriers to introduce 4.5G technology in the GCC region.

Vodafone Qatar to introduce 2 [].jpgIan Gray, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Qatar said, “The introduction of a 4.5G network will enable the implementation of smart city technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud services in the country by providing the mobile broadband capability that underpins any smart city initiative. Vodafone is committed to continually investing in Qatar’s ICT sector which will play a key role in realizing Qatar National Vision 2030.” ZongYan, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Qatar, said: “We are delighted to build on our strategic partnership with Vodafone Qatar and contribute to accelerating advanced ICT services in Qatar. A 4.5G network enables Vodafone Qatar to offer its customers true broadband speeds that haven’t been experienced in the region before, and pave the way for the introduction of more advanced mobile services in the near future.”

Building on Vodafone’s existing 4G+ services, the new 4.5G network will be rolled out across Vodafone Qatar’s network in the next few months which will offer customers even faster mobile speeds and provide the company with greater network bandwidth utilization. In April this year, Vodafone Qatar’s network was named Best in Test’ by international leader in mobile performance testing, P3 Communications.