Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has completed field and lab tests on UAE-based telecommunications service provider Etisalat’s LTE trial network.
The LTE tests are part of end-to-end services that ZTE is providing to Etisalat, having established a partnership in October 2009. The tests include LTE field trials at Etisalat’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi measuring functionality and performance throughout the network infrastructure, including the Uni-RAN-based LTE base stations, SAE core network, unified network management software and test terminals.
ZTE is currently the only LTE vendor recognised by the Etisalat Group and awarded with an LTE/SAE test certificate from the UAE service provider.
Etisalat operates in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As of November 2009, Etisalat was the 13th largest mobile network operator in the world with a total customer base of 100 million. Current 2G network coverage in the UAE is 100 per cent and 3G network coverage is 99.5 per cent of the region’s residential areas.
As of April 2010, ZTE said it had deployed five commercial LTE networks and over 40 trials with tier-one operators in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.