Vodafone Turkey has revealed that it achieved downlink transmission speeds of 450.79Mbps in its recent tri-band carrier aggregation (CA) tests, which combined frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands. Vodafone claims that the tests made it the first provider in Turkey to test Long Term Evolution (LTE) in the 800MHz (‘digital dividend’) band, as well as the first operator to achieve speeds of 450Mbps.
However, rival Turkcell has also reportedly achieved speeds of 450Mbps using its own tri-band CA technology. According to unverified local press reports, the tests were carried out last week in collaboration with Swedish vendor Ericsson.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Turkish government expects to stage a multi-band spectrum auction in May this year, paving the way for the introduction of commercial 4G LTE technology by year-end. 20 spectrum lots across the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands will be made available, with a total bandwidth of 390.4MHz going under the hammer.