Etisalat pioneers the deployment of pre-commercial 5G in the region

5G NR sites are operating in the semi-globally harmonised C-band
In addition to 5G and smart city strategies, Etisalat will develop new capabilities in AI, IoT and more, says the Group CEO.
In addition to 5G and smart city strategies, Etisalat will develop new capabilities in AI, IoT and more, says the Group CEO.


Etisalat has deployed a pre-commercial 5G network in certain locations within UAE including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. With this, the operator has announced its success in launching the first 5G Ultra-Mobile broadband experience in the region. 

Etisalat has demonstrated 5G services using an advanced 5G based drone equipped with 360 degree VR camera with 4K streaming experience in live environment. It  achieved up to 5Gbps in downlink and 2Gbps in uplink with extremely low latency and massive IoT connections.

In addition, the operator has also shared that a new 5G triple play wireless access service (data, voice and TV) experience has been made possible using a compact 5G Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) device. 

Saleh Al Abdooli, Group CEO, Etisalat said: “I am glad to announce this successful launch of pre-commercial 5G services in UAE in alignment with the government vision to maintain our top ranking worldwide. Etisalat is always committed to provide state-of-the-art technologies and services in UAE. In addition to the 5G and smart city strategies, we will continue our digital transformation journey by further developing new capabilities including Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, network virtualisation and automation, Internet of things. By leveraging on our capabilities, Etisalat is able to deliver more agile and innovative services in a timely manner to the market”.

The 5G NR sites are operating in the semi-globally harmonised C-band (3.3 – 3.8GHz) with advanced 5G technologies and features including Massive MIMO Active Antenna system with high number of data streams and beam forming capabilities. 

Etisalat has conducted several 5G trials using different frequency bands over the last few years achieving up to 71.75 Gbps (operating within E-band) and new mobility experience in high frequency bands. An E2E infrastructure based on network function visualisation and SDN, is being developed along with capabilities of big data and Artificial Intelligence.

Etisalat has further confirmed its commitment towards deployment of 5G services in major UAE cities during 2018 in preparation for the major planned events during 2018-2020 including World Government Summit, AFC Asian CUP, ITU PP-18 and EXPO2020 in UAE.

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