Etisalat Leads the Way for Digitally Connected Future
KABUL - Telecom giant Etisalat Afghanistan, the first telecom company to launch 3.75G services in Afghanistan on Tuesday announced the commencement of the test of its Long-Term Evolution (LTE) 4G mobile network services. The LTE network will offer speedup to 100 Mbps and is particularly effective when utilizing large amounts of data, such as watching high definition movies, playing online multiplayer games, using social applications and utilizing other bandwidth-intensive applications.
Investment in 4G mobile broadband networks can fuel Afghanistan’s performance in the global race to exploit the potential of this advanced infrastructure and benefit the national economy through the expenditures made by wireless firms, their suppliers, and the workers that these industries will employ.
With more and more important parts of our lives going online by the day, 4G will enable a fully connected world where nearly all of our digital devices are mobile-enabled and as a result become more flexible and integrated into our daily lives.
For example, superfast vehicle-to-vehicle communications could enable new safety services, such as the ability to stream video of road conditions recorded from other vehicles in real time, or receive alerts when cars up ahead of you slam on their brakes. In theory, the LTE-connected car could become a portal for all sorts of new applications and services — much like the iPhone transformed the mobile phone, and spawned previously unthinkable mobile services and business models.
Consumers will be able to watch TV, video call, shop online and access social media, entertainment and information on the go more easily. Plus they'll be able to get the most from mobile devices and apps that deliver best performance on 4G networks.
In fact, the availability of such high speed communication lays a green field towards new services that could become available today and enhance those, which were there already like Health Care Applications, Asset Management, Telematics and etc. These and other possibilities are generating tremendous excitement across the industry.
Addressing the gathering, Etisalat CEO, Mr. Ahmed Al-Hosany said “Etisalat is the innovative pacesetter, and today I am delighted to announce that Etisalat is the first operator in the country to testthe 4G LTE networktechnology, which reflects our on-going commitment to bring the latest and most innovative technologies to the people of Afghanistan, technologies that make it easier, faster, efficient and convenient to communicate, to conduct business and to stay in touch with the world around them. With Etisalat, the future is yours and the future is now.”
With this new technical achievement, Afghanistan will join the league of first countries in the word to test 4G, the result of years of work to develop the telecommunications sector and the corporation’s significant investment in the country’s infrastructure.
Chief Commercial Officer at Etisalat, Yasser Aboul Amayem is excited about the far reaching potential. “We are excited to be first to test this advanced technology, allowing our customers to explore the unlimited possibilities of 4G LTE 100Mbps speeds. This achievement will place Etisalat in a very strong position to continue offering more differentiated services and more superior customer experience.”
The company said it is one of the first telecommunications operators in the world to complete this technological achievement, which enhances the country’s global position in terms of advanced telecommunications services.
About Etisalat: -
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Etisalat is the largest operator in the Middle East and Africa regions with a market value in excess of AED 80 billion (US$20 billion) and annual revenues of approximately AED 30 billion (US$8 billion). Etisalat has one of the highest credit ratings for a telecommunications corporation in America, The Middle East and Africa and is the second highest rated telecom company globally on the Fitch rating scale and fourth highest on S&P and Moodys’ rating. Etisalat operates in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, a coverage area which reaches more than two billion people. To date, the group’s global subscriber base exceeds over 140 million subscribers through mobile and fixed line voice and data services. In December 2010, Etisalat UAE received the CommsMEA awards for ‘Overall Operator of the Year’ and ‘ISP of the Year’. Etisalat Group received awards of ‘Best African Operator’ for Etisalat Misr (Egypt), while Mobily (Etihad Etisalat) won ‘Middle East Operator of the Year’.
Through the launch of innovative new technologies and its regional growth strategy, Etisalat strives to be amongst the top 10 telecom operators in the world. (PR)