Stc turns on 5G 3-component carrier aggregation in the Middle East and Africa

15. 04. 2022 Friday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

N okia and MediaTek have announced that for the first time in the Middle East and Africa, they have successfully tested 3 Component Carrier Aggregation (3CC-CA) on a 5G stand-alone (SA) network in Mekkah.

Carrier Aggregation (CA) allows mobile operators to achieve higher transmission speeds by combining FDD and TDD spectrum and efficiently use their spectrum to improve the 5G user experience. CA will support stc to provide leading 5G services to its customers and get to market faster for new 5G use cases.

The companies used a combination of one FDD carrier (20MHz) and two TDD carriers to generate 180 MHz spectrum with FDD-TDD CA technology. Nokia used the commercially available AirScale Baseband, a huge MIMO and RRH product powered by Reefshark’s chipset on stc’s live network. MediaTek provided its 5G mobile platform with the Release-16-compatible M80 modem. The trial also showed how aggregating service providers improves the overall 5G experience as well as reduces the battery consumption of user devices in the stc network.

The CA combines the spectrum of different frequency bands to increase coverage and network capacity, providing higher data rates, greater coverage and excellent indoor performance, allowing operators to make optimal use of the 5G spectrum. It allows service providers to reduce the cost of deploying 5G networks while improving the customer experience.

Bader Allhieb, vice president of infrastructure for stc, said: “In 3CC-CA 5G SA mode, this key, region-first trial version reiterates our commitment to providing a world-class experience for our subscribers. Nokia’s provider aggregation solution gives us a competitive edge in its category. providing speed, capacity and coverage to our subscribers. We look forward to continuing to work with Nokia to improve our 5G capabilities and efficiency."

Khalid Hussein, head of Nokia’s stc Customer Business Team, said: “Aggregation of service providers allows service providers to make optimal use of spectrum without compromising network performance. Nokia is at the forefront of developing 5G CA and other technologies that help service providers make the most of available resources. We look forward to implementing this solution with stc based on commercial hardware and software.”

Rami Osman, Business Development Director for Middle East and Africa at MediaTek, said: “Today marks a major milestone in combining 3CC-CA radio technologies and 5G stand-alone architecture to deliver best-in-class speed and efficient 5G spectrum utilization. tools. This collaboration will pave the way for Saudi Arabia to remain at the top of the world’s 5G network performance, taking advantage of the cutting-edge connectivity features of smartphones powered by the flagship Dimensity 9000 and the upcoming Dimensity 5G mobile platforms.

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