Mobile operator Bakcell has demonstrated ‘4G+’ capabilities by achieving data speeds of up to 225Mbps at Azerbaijan’s international telecommunications and IT exhibition, Bakutel 2015. According to the cellco, the move is in line with a decision to focus on its LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services and to meet the growing data needs of consumers, although the operator has not given a timeframe for the commercial launch of its LTE-A technology. Moving forward, Bakcell says it will continue to invest in the development and expansion of its 4G and 4G+ networks.
In October this year TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate reported that Bakcell was upgrading its 1800MHz LTE network with LTE-A carrier aggregation (CA) technology, boosting peak download speeds up from a previous 150Mbps limit. Bakcell claimed it would become one of 73 networks across the world to enable LTE-A Category 6 (CAT 6) technology; additionally, the operator noted that while its LTE subscribers currently experience top downlink rates of around 20Mbps-30Mbps, this will be expected to double to an average peak of 60Mbps following the upgrade. Bakcell will initially enhance its LTE network in Baku to support the new speeds, before extending to the Absheron peninsula ‘shortly’.