5G services to roll out to du & Virgin Mobile users by end of 2019
In a step towards supporting the UAE’s digital transformation and honouring its 5G commitment to both du and Virgin Mobile UAE customers, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) today announced advanced level of preparation to roll-out 5G services in the UAE in 2019. Prominent landmarks across the UAE in all seven Emirates are currently being installed with high-technology 5G equipment and will be the first areas to have commercial 5G mobile network capabilities once compatible handset are available later this year. EITC will roll out more than 700 5G-enabled base stations by end of 2019. With this development, EITC will be among the first telecom operators in the world to deploy 5G in 2019.
While the pace of 5G network deployment will depend on the availability of 5G terminals, eventually, fast and stable 5G connections are expected to become a competitive alternative to fixed broadband for both individual and business customers. The first phase of terminals include CPEs (Customer Premise Equipment) that will be followed by mobile handsets.
Making the announcement, Saleem AlBlooshi, Chief Infrastructure Officer, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), said: “Offering a true 5G service requires an end-to-end upgrade for access, transport and core network elements. We are excited to update our customers that with the support of our strategic partners, we are fully on schedule to make 5G commercially available this year. Our customers will feel a real difference with 5G network in terms of higher speeds and lower latency – commonly known as ‘buffering’. Consumption of video and digital content is growing by leaps and bounds and 5G’s ultra-high speed will enable smoother streaming of HD videos, 4K videos, and VR/AR experience which have multiple potential applications for individuals and businesses.”