Etisalat set to launch 5G networks in 2019

The UAE-based telecom operator will build 600 5G sites for access across the country

Etisalat set to launch 5G networks in 2019

You’ll be surfing through the internet at break-neck speeds this year, as Etisalat is getting ready for the super-fast 5G.

The UAE’s biggest telecom operator is setting up 600 5G towers to provide coverage to its customers throughout the region.

It aims to build 300 5G sites in the first half of the year, which will provide the structure to enable 5G to all mobile devices that support it, including the latest devices from big brands such as Samsung, Huawei and more.

“5G technologies and the network will deliver capacity and connectivity along with opportunities for economic growth, education, healthcare, transportation and more", Senior Vice President of Etisalat Saeed Al Zarouni.

“Our network and infrastructure will be ready to provide the service as soon as the 5G mobile handsets are available in UAE.”

Also known as the fifth generation wireless network, 5G will be able to reach speeds around 4.5Gbps, while the current 4G network can go around 600Mbps.

It will be set up in time for Expo 2020 Dubai, set to be available to "an expected 300,000 users" on peak days during the event.

The new network will offer easy 4K video streaming, better gaming experiences on the go, along with enhanced autonomous services and VR experiences.

Etisalat has already offered a free upgrade that gives business and home subscribers speeds up to 1Gbps.

Speaking of free internet, taxi passengers can expect to be cruising around the web for free throughout their journey, as RTA is plans to offer free wi-fi in every taxi by the end of 2019.

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