Ooredoo and Nokia showcased the potential of 5G on Ooredoo Supernet with a live demo of 5G-enabled robotics at Ooredoo's Doha headquarters for Qatar National Day. H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, chairman of Ooredoo Group was present at the demo along with Waleed Mohamed Ebrahim Al-Sayed, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar; and Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, COO, Ooredoo Qatar.
The demo recorded the performance of 5G by programming three industrial robots to complete the simple task of balancing a ball on a platform and connecting them via 5G. It was observed that the robots took just a fraction of the second to find a balance point, significantly faster and more smoothly than when they used a 4G network. Moreover, as a result of the 5G network’s low latency and high-speeds, the robots were able to communicate with each other in real-time to complete the task.
Waleed Mohammed Ebrahim Al-Sayed, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar said: "For Qatar National Day, we wanted to celebrate the achievements of Qatar’s founders and also look forward to the future, at the new accomplishments that the people of Qatar will realise. This demonstration shows not only the speed and latency of 5G networks, but also the types of solutions and technology that will become available in Qatar as we become a truly ‘smart nation’."
The demo used 400 MHz bandwidth in the 4.5 GHZ frequency and Multiple Input Multiple Output (8x8 MIMO) technology, supported by eight receiving antennas and eight transmitting antennas to improve network speed and capacity.
Ricardo Silva, head of mobile networks product portfolio sales, MEA, Nokia, said: “Today’s demonstration showed the technology leadership aspirations of Ooredoo Qatar in the region. Ooredoo has ambitious plans for smart cities and IoT based on 5G technology, and we are ready to support them with our latest multi-standard 5G-ready Nokia AirScale radio as well as our smart city and IoT solutions.”