Etisalat’s 5G journey gathers speed

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ABU DHABI
Etisalat will have up to 1,000 5G-enabled stations operational before the year-end, part of the Dh4 billion allocation the telco is making to update its networks in the UAE for the 5G rollout. The 5G technology is not a complement to the 4G but a scientific revolution, which will provide extraordinary speed, save costs and create new jobs, said Dr. Ahmad Bin Ali, Group Senior VicePresident, Corporate Communications, Etisalat. The UAE will be the first country to introduce 5G technology in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. We are working together to identify innovative 5G use cases that will elevate Etisalat subscriber experience while also exploring industry opportunities enabled by 5G. The UAE telco already has a few firsts in the 5G journey – it became the first operator to launch a commercial 5G wireless network in the MENA territory last year, and the first in the region to offer a 5G-enabled device to consumers. And the first regional operator to provide 5G coverage inside an airport. According to Saeed Al Zarouni, Senior Vice-President, Mobile Network at Etisalat, 5G is now a reality due to Etisalat’s continuous efforts in building and investing in future networks. One major milestone was the launch of the first commercial wireless network in May 2018 in the UAE. The 5G technology is not a complement to the 4G but a scientific revolution, which will provide extraordinary speed, save costs and create new jobs. Etisalat had signed an agreement with the Swedish equipment maker Ericsson to set up a 5G network. The speed of data transfers under 5G will be 20 times current download speeds.

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