Etisalat partners with Ericsson to deploy 5G high-band in the UAE

UAE-based telecom group Etisalat has partnered with Ericsson to deploy 5G millimetre wave across its commercial network. The 5G high-band commercial deployment will help to reach high performance 5G downlink data speeds of 4.2Gbps and latency of 8 milliseconds.

Etisalat has built a 5G network infrastructure that can offer enhanced performance, including ultra-high speeds and ultra-low latency to allow the digital transformation in the country and the wide implementation of use cases related to industry 4.0, automation and Internet of Things (IoT).

5G mmWave delivers high spectrum and capacity, making it suitable for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) to deliver fast, fibre-like internet speeds wirelessly over the last mile, and for crowded hotspots such as stadiums, malls and large indoor events that require high peak rates. It also comprises of wide spectrum segments available for 5G along with lower latencies.

Speaking about the partnership, 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 customer with the experience of ultrahigh quality 5G connectivity. Moving ahead we look forward to expanding this technology further on demand for all customer segments.’’

On other hand, the Vice President and Head of Global Customer Unit Etisalat at Ericsson Middle East and Africa, Ekow Nelson, stated, ‘’We look forward to supporting Etisalat in harnessing the opportunities that new technologies like 5G can present for the people of the UAE. In combination with established solutions, such as Fixed Wireless Access, largely untapped mmWave frequencies can help meet the increased demands for high-quality connectivity while facilitating exciting use cases from advanced video streaming and online gaming with augmented and virtual reality experiences to industrial IoT and smart factories.’’