Etisalat has teamed up with Ericsson and Intel to launch a 5G innovation competition targeting engineering students from top universities in the UAE.
The competition will run for eight weeks with participation from student teams from different levels of study invited to submit projects on the best 5G use cases focusing on technologies like artificial intelligence in the UAE.
Saeed Alzarouni, SVP, Mobile Network, Etisalat, said: “We are pleased to collaborate with Ericsson and Intel in this 5G University competition, which promotes industry and academic community efforts to foster and strengthen future technological advancements.
“It could not have come at a better time, in the wake of the celebration of UAE Innovation Month in February and Etisalat’s successful pre-commercial launch of 5G ultra mobile broadband at certain locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last year.”
Petter Järtby, head of Global Customer Unit Etisalat at Ericsson, said: “We believe that by running this competition we will see not only great ideas but be able to educate young people on how 5G will be used to make life better for everyone. We are excited to see what use cases the students come up with and hope that this will inspire them to become involved in the innovative world of 5G in the future.”
In December last year, Etisalat announced the launch of the region’s first 5G broadband experience. A pre-commercial 5G network was deployed in certain locations within UAE including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. TRA UAE had given operators the go-ahead to provide 5G services, enabling them to begin building network infrastructure.