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Dubai launches first commercial 5G wireless network

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Dubai is set to lead the world’s path to the use of 5G network.

This is in line with the country’s vision of becoming a global reference point for technology innovation.

The new 5G technology will be rolled out by Etisalat.

The system which was launched in May 2018, makes Etisalat the first telecom operator in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to achieve this technological milestone and set an industry benchmark.

According to the company, ‘The network will fuel enterprises digital transformation, IoT, smart cities and the fourth industrial revolution.’

It will also have a fully developed commercial 5G network available to provide gigabit internet services to its customers.

Benefits of 5G over 4G

Patrons of Etisalat’s 5G technology have more advantage compared to those on 4G.

Highlighting the benefits of the new technology, Etisalat stated, ‘5G technology will have speeds of up to 20 gigabits per second, as much as 30 times faster than 4G, the highest in mobile data technology.’

5G also promises to have 10 times lower latency comparing to 4G.5G will make 4K/8K video streaming so fast that they become real-time.

5G experience at GITEX 2018

Visitors and exhibitors at the GITEX 2018 were able to witness first hand demonstration of the 5G technology.

The demonstrations included; showcasing live download speed comparison between 4G and 5G networks, experience the difference by downloading a large size file (4K HD video/movie), using 4G and 5G simultaneously as well as witnessing the world’s first flying car “Pop.Up Next” to showcase future of mobility.

Saeed Al Zarouni, Senior Vice President, Mobile Network, Etisalat highlighted: “This year our participation at GITEX Technology week is significant as visitors can experience live 5G giving them a preview of the digital future. Etisalat has also taken the lead in 5G this year and this showcase is a testimony to our long-standing efforts in bringing growth and innovation in the country laying the foundation for smart city development.

He added, “The showcase is also in line with our main theme at GITEX this year ‘Leading the 5G Revolution’ and ‘Driving the Digital Future to empower societies’. We believe 5G technologies and services will deliver capacity and connectivity along with opportunities for economic growth, education, healthcare, transportation and more.”

The flying car “Pop.Up Next”

The flying car “Pop.Up Next” is for the first time making its presence outside Europe; it is the first fully electric and zero-emission modular system bringing together road mobility and air transport.

It combines the flexibility of a small two seater ground vehicle with the freedom and speed of a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) air vehicle, thus bridging the automotive and aerospace domains.

By: Vivian Kai Lokko/citibusinessnews.com/Dubai

 

 

 

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