Ooredoo Kuwait announced that it has successfully completed ‘Advanced 5G’ technology tests using ‘Two Carrier Aggregation (2CC CA)’ to deliver download speeds over 3Gbps. The test was conducted by aggregating connectivity from two large continuous 5G spectrum blocks in Sub-6GHz bands for enhanced data speeds on commercial 5G smartphones and routers. The cellco stated in a press release: ‘Advanced 5G is a real game-changer in terms of improving efficiency of spectrum resources, enabling 5G Standalone (SA), paving the way to next generation technologies, and offering extensive bandwidth required for Massive Machine Type Communication (mMTC) and Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communication (uRLLC) applications.’

CTO Hassan El Chami added: ‘Ooredoo Kuwait continues to trial Advanced 5G innovative and cutting-edge technologies to enhance network performance and improve customer experience. Advanced 5G, using 5.5G, improves 5G service coverage and delivers ultra-fast data rates which allows more customers to access Ooredoo Kuwait’s cutting-edge network with upgraded experience. Aggregation of multiple spectrum bands will be a key milestone towards achieving high-performing 5G networks supporting digital transformation requirements across a wide range of industries.’

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Ooredoo Kuwait has not yet launched a commercial 5G SA network, unlike rivals STC Kuwait and Zain, which went live with 5G SA in May 2021 and May 2022, respectively, with each now boasting national coverage.

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