Ooredoo reports rapid progress towards 5G saying it has the world’s first 5G New Radio (NR) with commercial equipment suitable for business customers.
Live in Qatar, Ooredoo has announced the first-in-the-region speeds of 2.3 Gbits/s with 3.5 ms latency. By using 5G spectrum at 3.5 GHz, Ooredoo will continue to expand the footprint of 5G.
Ooredoo notes that ultra-fast 5G networks double the speed of current 4G networks, and will transform daily lives, organisations, and industry verticals. Applications of 5G could include autonomous vehicles, robotic surgery, and augmented and virtual reality sports.
As part of its network modernisation programme, “Evolution to 5G”, Ooredoo Group is starting its 5G journey in its home market of Qatar. The Ooredoo Group will then share best practices as it rolls out 5G across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia in the future.
“At Mobile World Congress, Ooredoo Group is enhancing our position as a global innovator, racing ahead in our goal to become the world’s first company to provide wide 5G coverage,” stated Waleed Al-Sayed, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Group, and Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar. “By providing superior speeds, we will enable organisations, cities, and countries to fully digitally transform in the era of Smart Cities and the Internet of Things. This is a major milestone in delivering on our promise to enrich people’s digital lives and allow them to enjoy and benefit from the extraordinary benefits of the internet.”
The 5G commercial service experience will also bring to life Smart Cities and Smart Stadiums in Qatar.
This is another milestone in Ooredoo’s deployment of 5G and, achieved by the company in early 2018, is one of its latest network modernisation milestones. It follows the roll-out of 4G+ in Mayanmar and the launch of 3G services in the West Bank, Palestine.