UAE-based multinational telecom services operator Etisalat has partnered with Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson to deploy a 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) across its commercial network.
The 5G high-band commercial deployment will help achieve downlink data speeds of 4.2 Gbps and latency of 8 milliseconds (ms). The aim is to enable digital transformation in the country and wide implementation of use cases related to Industry 4.0, automation, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
"The UAE leadership is a driving force in accelerating the digital vision along with the telecom regulatory authority TDRA (Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority) becoming one of the first to allocate mmWave spectrum to be used for 5G technology deployment across the country," said a press release from Ericsson.
Saeed Alzarouni, Senior Vice President Mobile Network Etisalat said, “The partnership with Ericsson is a key milestone in our 5G journey that will support the automation and massive bandwidth demands of futuristic technologies and advanced use cases.”
Haitham AbdulRazzak, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat, said: “Etisalat has always been at the forefront of the telecom industry, and we continuously work to provide our customers with the best possible digital experience. This deployment is in line with our overall vision to ‘Drive the digital future to empower societies’ empowering our customers with the experience of ultrahigh quality 5G connectivity. Moving ahead we look forward to expanding this technology further on demand for all customer segments.”
According to the release, the 5G standardisation focuses on certain requirements to provide connectivity for superior services, such as enhanced mobile broadband to smartphones and other mobile devices for video streaming and real-time online gaming, as these have extreme requirements on availability, latency, and reliability.