UAE telecommunications service provider, du, has announced the establishment of the UAE 5G Innovation Gate (U5GIG), a consortium of technical and academic experts to develop 5G in the UAE.
U5GIG will also allow universities and technical organisations across UAE to participate in the development of the 5G ecosystem, and for academia and industry to test applications and technologies in a real-world setting. du will build a 5G Innovation Lab to prototype, test and validate early 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) equipment and services.
Ibrahim Nassir, chief human capital and administration officer at du, said: "We are excited to announce this initiative that will allow the UAE to effectively compete with the advanced markets and bring UAE's voice to the technology development debate. The UAE will be a major industry development leader and we can only do this through collaboration between industry and academia. We plan to work closely with suppliers and SMEs and eventually train future UAE academic and industry leaders. The programme will be open for all UAE universities and industrial organisation that need to be part of the state-of-the-art 5G ecosystem development."
"The inauguration of U5GIG adds further impetus to the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in establishing the UAE as a global leader in all aspects and as an innovator in technology in the Middle East region," he added.
The aim of this initiative is to bridge the gap between the telecom industry and academia in UAE by establishing and maintaining close, productive collaborations with academic institutions, industry and the community.