Etisalat and Huawei have formed a strategic partnership to deploy an end-to-end 5G network in UAE in 2019.
Etisalat says the partnership is in line with its continuous efforts to enhance its digital experience and provide innovative solutions and services to its customers with the utilisation of its 5G network. As part of the agreement, Huawei will offer its latest network solutions including 5G wireless, 5G service oriented core and 5G ready transport network to facilitate smooth 5G technology adaption.
“Etisalat continues to focus on digital innovation to ‘Drive the digital future to empower societies’ leading to investments in superior and state-of-the-art technology solutions on the network,” according to Saeed Al Zarouni, Etisalat Senior Vice President, Mobile Networks. “5G is considered a major enabler for the next generation of broadband service and the Internet of Things, which is growing exponentially due to the global adoption of connected devices.
“5G service availability will provide high data rates with ultra-low latency, providing unlimited access to all kinds of innovative applications and services and will drive efficiency and productivity to a wide range of business across industrial sectors of the UAE,” continued Al Zarouni. “With its implementation, there will be immense potential for future technologies like AI, robotics, advanced 4K gaming, AR and VR enhancing the overall digital experience for all consumers.”
Etisalat’s major achievement in deployment of 5G was the launch of the first commercial 5G network on C-band in the MENA region in early May 2018.