Etisalat and Ericsson pave the way for 5G in the UAE with MIMO trials in Dubai

The technology will boost Etisalat’s drive for for increased availability of 5G services.
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Etisalat and Ericsson said they have successfully conducted a live on-air trial of Ericsson Radio System and Massive MIMO technology in the United Arab Emirates, paving the way towards 5G deployment.

MIMO stands for “multiple-input and multiple-output,” and basically refers to a radio link that can receive, process, and send back multiple signals without getting them mixed up, and even handle all that information in one signal. The trial was conducted in the dense and high-traffic urban environment of Dubai Marina. The trial helps in evaluating the benefits of the technology and determines optimal deployment scenarios.

Saeed Al Zarouni, senior vice president for mobile network at Etisalat, said the newly-developed 5G plug-ins will enhance the experience on the telco’s radio network platform for its customers in the near future. “Our latest partnership with Ericsson strengthens our commitment to our society by offering early deployment of 5G services, these plug-ins will pave the way for key UAE Smart Government Strategy pillars, such as artificial intelligence,” Al Zarouni added.

Nishant Batra, head of product area networks, Ericsson, said: “At Ericsson, we are dedicated to being a world leader in 5G, enabling our clients to use the enhanced benefits of the new technology. Network speeds will be faster than ever, which will significantly improve the end-user experience. We have worked with Etisalat in the past – on 2G, 3G, and 4G, so we are excited to take our partnership to the next level with the early implementation of 5G.”

The deployment of more MIMO tehcnology will allow for increased availability of 5G services.

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