Tunisie Telecom has demonstrated 4G LTE technology at the ‘ICT4All’ conference in Hammamet, Agence Ecofin reports. According to the news site the telco achieved downlink transmission speeds of up to 135.8Mbps, in association with vendor partner Alcatel-Lucent. The trial was carried out in the presence of Prime Minister Habib Essid, the website adds. While the spectrum used in the latest test has not been disclosed, last month it was reported that Tunisie Telecom had tested 4G carrier aggregation (CA) utilising the 800MHz and 1800MHz bands. The earlier trial was carried out in conjunction with Ericsson and Qualcomm.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month Tunisia’s Ministry of Communications Technologies and the Digital Economy (Ministere des Technologies de la Communication et de l’Economie Numerique, Mincom) opened a tender for the award of three concessions to install and operate 4G networks. Bidding is due to start on 1 February 2016, and Mincom expects to complete the licence allocation process in late March 2016.