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Press Release -- October 14th, 2014
Source: Huawei

Huawei and Etisalat Showcase Future of 5G Mobile Broadband Services in United Arab Emirates

[Dubai, UAE, October 14, 2014]: Huawei and Etisalat today jointly showcased the future concept of 5G mobile broadband services. The demonstration took place during the GITEX Technology Week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This is the first time 5G technology has been presented in the region.

“Etisalat has taken great steps to lead on technology and communication services in the Middle East. We are pleased to offer this opportunity for the public to see the latest 5G technologies and the ongoing research and investment we are doing to build quality connections,” Hatem Bamatraf, Chief technology officer of Etisalat Group commented at the exhibition. “It is already clear how this technology will have a fundamental impact and on transforming the ICT industry. We are able to demonstrate how 5G will transform daily lives for millions of mobile users.”

The interactive 5G demonstration showcased an 115Gbps data transmission rate capability which is faster than current mobile networks. An increase of capability will support the connection requirements for the Internet of Things, 4D film, MirrorSys and Vehicular Telematics.

“Providing ubiquitous connectivity and inspired communication experiences to the public, the development of 5G broadband services is not only a step-change for the telecommunications industry, it will also enable more efficient, seamless, safe and enriched communication experiences” said Yang Chaobin, Chief Marketing Officer of Huawei Wireless Network Business Unit.

The 5G service demonstration follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was signed by Huawei and Etisalat earlier this year. The companies agreed to join forces and conduct trials for ultra-fast mobile services in the Middle East over the next five years.

Huawei is an initiator in the worldwide 5G telecommunications market. Earlier this year the company was elected to join the board of the 5G Infrastructure Association which is aimed at materializing this next generation of communication networks. The company has also previously announced global plans to invest a minimum of US$600 million in research and innovation for 5G technologies by 2018. The commercial operation of 5G telecommunication services is expected to be launched by 2020. It is estimated that the technology will provide 1,000 times more capacity than current mobile broadband networks.

Today the UAE is one of the fastest growing markets globally for mobile broadband infrastructure. Etisalat and Huawei have worked together on numerous landmark projects in the sector over the last 10 years.

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