Etisalat demonstrates 5G’s faster download speeds
Etisalat has demonstrated mobile download speeds of 36 gigabits per second (Gbps), as the UAE’s two operators showed off the future capabilities of 5G technology.
Customers will have to wait until at least 2020 before being able to come anywhere close to such download speeds on their mobile devices, with international standards for 5G technology still in the drafting stage.
Etisalat said that it had completed the region’s first 5G mobile technology live trial, achieving peak speeds of 36Gbps.
Fellow operator du meanwhile earlier this week demonstrated the streaming of 360-degree virtual reality video via a 5G-ready network supplied by Nokia.
5G technology is the next mobile evolution after 4G, which was launched by both operators in 2011.
The new technology promises significantly higher mobile internet speeds, and is considered a key to the growth of smart city initiatives such as Smart Dubai, which rely on a multiplicity of devices connected via high-speed internet, often referred to as the Internet of Things.
Du and Etisalat have both announced they will commercially launch 5G services in time for when the UAE hosts the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
International standards body the International Telecommunications Union is expected to finalise standards for the technology in 2018, with equipment based on the new standard likely to become available in 2020.
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Updated: October 19, 2016 04:00 AM