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The first nation-wide 4G network launched commercially in Iran

MTN Irancell Telecommunications Services Company CEO said: Nine cities including Uromiyeh, Babol, Tabriz, Tehran, Qom, Karaj, Mashhad and Hamedan have come under MTN Irancell 4G network coverage, having 50% population coverage.

According to the Public Relations, talking this morning in the MTN Irancell 4G Commercial Launch Ceremony, Mr. Alireza Ghalambor Dezfouli stated: All provincial centers across the country will have complete 4G coverage by the end of the current year. This comes while only 5 provincial centers, with minimum 10% geographical coverage and 5% population coverage, should be covered in accordance with our obligations under the License Agreement.

At present, 75 cities of all 31 provinces across the country enjoy MTN Irancell 3G services. In sync with offering 3G, we have started to provide 4G services as well which led to rolling out broadband Internet immediately after commercial launch of 3G services.

Dezfouli also reiterated: The 4G services provision was kicked off on 20 November in Mashhad, followed by Karaj where we started the services on December 01. And today, the 4G services are commercially offered across the country.Touching on 4G technology development timeline, he observed: In 2004 NTT DoCoMo of Japan proposed LTE as the international standard. Then, in 2007, Ericsson, in collaboration with DoCoMo of Japan, demonstrated the pilot of LTE with bit rates up to 144 Mbit/s and 200 Mbit/s.

Dezfouli also reiterated: In 2008, the Radio Communications Unit of ITU defined the standard requirements of the LTE and in 2009 Nokia Siemens and LG demonstrated the first complete performance of LTE.

He added: The first LTE network available to the public was in the Stockholm and Oslo by the leading network operator Telia Sonera. The first GPRS service lad been commercially launched by the said operator in 2000.

Dezfouli also reiterated: In 2010 Verizon Wireless launched the first LTE wireless services in 38 markets of the US where the download speed was 5-12 Mbit/s. SK Telecom and +LGU launched the first LTE of South Korea in 2011 in Seoul. The first LTE of Middle East was launched in 2012 by Etisalat of United Arab Emirates. Orange launched the first LTE network in France in 2013 and now MTN Irancell launches the first LTE of Iran in 2014.

Stating that LTE is the 4th generation of mobile phone networks technology, he pointed out to some most important advantages of the technology: More bandwidth which allows for transfer of larger files in a short time, development of network responding time which enables real time communications and development of network performance which permits establishing connection and keeping it while in movement at a high speed, are but a few of the LTE advantages. Dezfouli also reiterated: LTE empowers the users with the distinguished quality of the data services: download rate of 10-40 Mbit/s, upload rate of 1-15 M bps and responding time of 50-150 millisecond, and more widespread usage extended to further areas including education, transportation, LBS, entertainment and health.

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