Ooredoo Oman said it recently recorded downlink speeds of more than 5 Gbps on a commercial 5G Massive MIMO single sector, one of the first such tests in the region.
5G Massive MIMO delivers eight times more capacity for home internet compared to 4G, and 20 times more capacity on mobile with greater improvements in throughput and efficiency.
"As the latest major milestone in its 5G rollout, the achievement builds on Ooredoo’s continual efforts to improve user experience, drive innovation, and position Oman as a technologically advanced society," said a press release from the Sultanate's telecommunications provider.
Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Al Abri, chief technology & information officer at Ooredoo, said, “This achievement is a big moment for us as our 5G network continues to take shape. The peak value that 5G technology can offer on a single sector is around 5.7 Gbps and we have managed to achieve 90% of it, one of the highest in the region. This ultimately translates to a considerably improved experience for our users and unprecedented development opportunities for the Sultanate.”
In its efforts to provide a superior internet experience to its customers, Ooredoo’s 5G home internet, mobile, and business plans provide improved network coverage, stability with almost zero delays, as well as faster download speeds.
As part of its ambitious roadmap, Ooredoo plans to construct and install around 2,000 5G stations over the next five years, with the potential to benefit everything from entertainment and education, to scientific research and healthcare, said the press release.