MTN SA has partnered with Ericsson to successfully trial LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) at an MTN store in Morningside, Johannesburg. LTE-U is a mobile technology innovation that will allow higher data speeds and increase network capacity for smartphone users in South Africa.
The trial finished by combining 10 MHz from 1800 with 20 MHz from the unlicensed 5 GHz band and achieving a throughput of more than 200 Mbps. This is the first time LTE-U has been tested over the air in Africa.
Krishna Chetty, acting Chief Technology Officer, MTN South Africa says, “”LTE-U is designed to take advantage of the capacity available in the unlicensed 5GHz band spectrum. Through aggregating licenced spectrum with unlicensed spectrum a bigger LTE carrier is created. The ability to aggregate spectrum is one of the primary benefits of LTE.”
“This trial supports MTN’s strategy to drive sustainable growth by driving growth in voice, while developing new opportunities in data, enterprise, financial services and content. This innovation shows that MTN is within the cutting edge of world developments,” adds Chetty.
MTN expects commercial devices that support LTE-U to be available in the market later this year.