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stc, Nokia and MediaTek first to switch on 5G 4CC-CA

stc, Nokia and MediaTek first to switch on 5G 4CC-CA

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stc, Nokia and MediaTek have announced their successful verification of 4 Component Carrier Aggregation (4CC-CA) in the 5G Standalone (SA) network within the city of Makkah for the first time in the Middle East and Africa.  

Carrier Aggregation (CA) allows mobile operators to reach higher throughputs by combining different spectrum assets efficiently to enhance the 5G user experience. CA will also allow stc to deliver leading 5G services to its customers and achieve a faster time to market for new 5G use cases.

The companies used the combination of two FDD carriers (700MHz, 2100 MHz) and two TDD Sub-6GHz band carriers (2300MHz, 3500MHz) using FDD-TDD CA technology. Nokia used its commercial Air-Scale Baseband, massive MIMO and RRH products, powered by its Reef-shark chipset on stc’s live network. MediaTek provided its 5G mobile platform featuring its Release-16 ready, M80 modem.

Ibrahim Al-Abbas, Head of the stc Customer Business Team at Nokia, said: “Carrier aggregation allows service providers to make optimal use of spectrum without impacting the network performance. Nokia is at the forefront of developing 5G CA and other technologies that support service providers in maximising the use of available resources.”

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