Dubai set to launch super-speed 5G network

The mobile internet is more than twice as fast as 4G

Prepare for an upsurge of connectivity in Dubai, as Etisalat has announced that it's launching a 5G network – and it's twice as fast as 4G.

The UAE-based company is the first telecoms operator in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region to provide the service.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first customer to set up the technology and it's set to be available to "an expected 300,000 users" on peak days during the event.

The improved system can stream 4K footage and 360-degree video feeds "with virtually no lag" from devices such as drones and virtual reality headsets.

According to Etisalat, the new network will be a whopping 20 times faster than 4G, with ultra-low latency and broader bandwidth.

Etisalat senior vice president Saeed Al Zarouni said: “This announcement is significant, with Etisalat setting a global benchmark that supports UAE’s 2021 Vision, which identifies digital technology as one of the top seven primary national sectors.”

More news on what else the improved network will bring will be revealed later this year, according to Etisalat.

The massive Expo 2020 will run from 20 October, 2020 to 10 April, 2021 and expects to attract 25 million visits. With connectivity like that, we’re not surprised.

We can’t wait to test it all out. 4K video on our social media accounts at the tap of a button? Yes please.

Speaking of the future, a deal has been signed to build a UAE Hyperloop system, with hopes to be set up in line with Expo 2020 Dubai. You can even take a look inside here.

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