du and MediaTek cooperate on the deployment of advanced LTE technologies and terminals

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Published December 20th, 2015 - 07:42 GMT
Saleem AlBlooshi, Executive Vice President of Network Development and Operations at du
Saleem AlBlooshi, Executive Vice President of Network Development and Operations at du

MediaTek, a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in systems-on-chip (SoC) with the world’s first octa and deca -core Smartphone platforms, announced today that du – the Middle East’s fastest growing telecom service provider – has agreed to cooperate on the deployment, testing and validation of the next generation technologies in LTE, LTE-Advanced, LTE-Advanced Pro and high definition voice services such as VoIP over LTE and Wi-Fi.

The cooperation is agreed under a general Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) where both companies will also exchange information and ideas towards the advanced technologies in 5G and Internet of things (IoT).

du, the first telecom service provider in the Middle East to achieve GCF accreditation, founded the Terminal Innovation lab to improve their mobile device testing and validation and further enhance end-users’ experience. du has recently announced the completion of Middle East's first 10 Gbps live 5G demo at GITEX Technology Week.  

As an integral part of this agreement, MediaTek’s wide range of devices and turnkey solution allowing manufacturers to reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge, which will help to improve du’s customer satisfaction and provide a new range of devices supporting technologies deemed as key to du’s network performance. du will use MediaTek’s breadth of modem technology solutions to efficiently and comprehensively test, validate, and troubleshoot mobile device and benchmark performance in both lab and field based environments to ensure seamless and fast time-to-market of new devices and technologies.   

Saleem AlBlooshi, Executive Vice President of Network Development and Operations at du, said: “We are very pleased to cooperate with MediaTek as a leader in Smartphone platforms in order to enhance our user experience.”

He continued: “Bridging the gap between terminals and network is our aim to offer seamless experience to our customers. Also, the cooperation in 5G and IoT development is another aim to realise our leaders’ vision to build the smartest city and to be on the top of technology evolution.”

“MediaTek looks forward to working with du to test and validate next generation technologies including the areas of advanced LTE standards and high definition VoIP services over LTE/Wi-Fi,” said Cheng-Te Chuang, Head of Wireless Communications Technology Businesses Unit and Vice President of MediaTek. “We see operators in MEA as some of the most advanced when it comes to investing and implementing new technologies. MediaTek’s chipset solutions, including the launch of the first Deca-core SOC with our Helio X20, along with our continuous investment in R&D, is an attractive proposition for advanced LTE and Wi-Fi operators like du to roll out,” he said. “Cooperation with du allows MediaTek to continue empowering end-users with the latest technologies and showcase our extensive experience in developing chipsets with fast time-to-market.”  

Background Information

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)

Ever since we opened for business in 2006, we have worked hard to enhance and expand our bouquet of services in an industry that is at the heart of economic and social transformation. Bringing people and businesses together is what we do best, offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to people, homes and businesses all over the UAE. We also provide carrier services, a data hub, internet exchange facilities and satellite services for broadcasters.

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