The UAE is the first in the Arab region and fourth globally to launch 5G

The UAE is the first in the Arab region and fourth globally to launch 5G
Published: 7 October 2019 - 9:40 p.m.

According to a new study, the UAE is the first in the Arab region and fourth globally to roll-out and use the new 5G cellular wireless network. The report was compiled by London headquartered Carphone Warehouse which said, “Countries were ranked on the basis of 5G connectivity levels. They were selected if they had one or more 5G deployments and if they had 5G connectivity in the pre-release stage.”

A 5G network typically promises an internet speed of up to 1.2Gbps which will gradually evolve to reach up to 10Gbps. For a direct comparison, this speed is over 100x faster than typical 4G speeds. Furthermore, 5G has a latency of less than one millisecond compared to 20 milliseconds on a 4G network.

In May earlier this year, Etisalat, the UAE's biggest telecom operator became the first service provider in the region to announce the availability of a 5G network. It was soon followed by UAE's second operator du and Bahraini telecommunications provider Batelco.

The UAE is also the third-most connected country globally, behind the USA and Switzerland. This is because of the high number of immigrants living in the country according to the report but not only that, the UAE is also the most socially connected nation followed by the USA and China.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, the director general of the UAE's telecommunications regulatory authority (TRA) added to the report by saying, “5G is the key to the future … the main foundation for civilization milestones that the world will witness in the next few years.”


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