Nives Sandri, Nokia and Boris Drilo, HT
Hrvatski Telekom is the first in Croatia to have presented the latest technologies LTE-A Pro (4.5G Pro) and G.fast that it has been developing in co-operation with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing and with the company Nokia Solutions and Networks. Hence, Hrvatski Telekom continues paving the way to digital future creating new infrastructure technologies that is a prerequisite for the use of cutting-edge ICT services throughout the economic segments. These are technologies that enable data transfer rates exceeding 1 gigabit per second, which provides room for the development of a vast array of new services, such as augmented reality and remote control of cars and household devices.
"We have currently presented the technologies that will shape the development of the digital society in Croatia. Gigabit speeds in 4G mobile network are becoming the reality, which provides room for the development of a vast array of exciting apps that will shape our everyday life in an entirely new way, such as virtual and augmented reality. Furthermore, we have shown that, in addition to optical cable network that we have been building intensively, we can provide gigabit Internet access speeds also through existing copper wire telecommunications infrastructure, which is currently available throughout Croatian households," noted Boris Drilo, a Member of the Management Board at HT for technology.
LTE-A Pro (LTE Advanced Pro; 4.5G Pro) enables mobile data download at a speed of 1 gigabit per second, which is four times faster compared with the highest speed currently available to Croatian users. G.fast technology, through the use of a short section of copper wire network, enables fixed Internet access comparable with optical access speeds – from 500 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Such a solution provides Hrvatski Telekom with a potential for a faster and more affordable development of ultra-fast Internet networks in locations where comprehensive optical cable access is currently not yet available.
In addition, convergence between mobile and fixed network and LTE-A Pro and G.fast technologies will enable a full Internet access at high speed, as well as anytime and anywhere. Consequently, the users of Hrvatski Telekom will be provided the opportunity of unlimited Internet access throughout their connectable devices.
"We are highly satisfied and delighted with the establishment of joint co-operation with Hrvatski Telekom and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, the bearers of innovation in Croatia. G.fast and LTE-A technologies developed by Nokia provide immense potential for exciting new services that significantly contribute to the improvement of both everyday life and work," stated Nives Sandri, a Member of the Management Board of Nokia in Croatia.
The presentation of new technologies has been delivered at the Zagreb-based Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, with which HT has been implementing an increasing number of joint projects, which has recently been confirmed through the signing of a Co-operation Agreement. Technological leadership is one of the key competitive advantages of Hrvatski Telekom and potential where top quality people from STEM field can be provided jobs, growth and development of future technologies such as LTE-A Pro and G.fast.