5G introduces unprecedented speeds and network capacity for customer and business services, enabling a totally digitalized society; 5G networks retain Etisalat’s technology leadership within the region; 5G introduces early use cases like enhanced mobile broadband while addressing Industry 4.0 digital transformation opportunities.
Etisalat, one amongst the leading telecommunications operators in developing markets recognized by Ookla® Speedtest® as the world’s fastest mobile network in 2020, alongside Nokia (www.Nokia.com), as a key partner, has deployed 5G network, giving improved mobile broadband services and extending 5G coverage and revenue opportunities. Nokia’s 5G portfolio helps in Etisalat’s mission of accelerating the digital future to empower societies.
Etisalat has a proven history of bringing the latest technology and broadband services to the UAE to support economic growth and innovation. Similarly, Etisalat is developing an autonomous 5G network using the Etisalat A3 platform, together with Nokia to provide best experience to their customers, as the ultra-high bandwidth and low latency of 5G enrich service offerings and transform business models.
5G capabilities facilitate innovative applications in areas like augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). It also addresses Industry 4.0 opportunities to benefit enterprises from various Internet of Things (IoT) use cases in areas such as healthcare, education, entertainment, energy, and transport, giving new revenue opportunities.
Haitham Abdulrazzak, Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat said: “As a true pioneer, we have always embraced the latest technologies to drive the Digital Future to empower society. Accordingly, we are building an autonomous 5G network and are very excited about how 5G can transform industrial and consumer services. The 5G services we have rolled out truly enhances lifestyles and delivers significant gains in productivity in the UAE, contributing to the national innovation strategy.”
Saeed Al Zarouni, SVP, Mobile Network, Etisalat, added: “Etisalat’s technical teams have closely worked with Nokia to build the 5G network smoothly and enabled 5G coverage with ultra-high speed and low latency services in the UAE. The high capacity 5G network also allows us to provide services to a large number of customers. Rolling out 5G network is in line with our focus on digital innovation and investments in next generation telecom technologies.”
Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “With this deployment, Nokia is supporting Etisalat achieve its vision of driving the digital future. Along with consumers’ expectation to get the latest telecom services experience, the current period has also shone a spotlight on just how important networks are for people and businesses. With this next generation 5G network deployment, we are excited to continue our longstanding collaboration with Etisalat to deliver the full transformational benefits of 5G.”
Nokia has deployed AirScale radio platform, which is based on 3GPP 5G New Radio (NR) standards. The network uses extensive Multiple Input Multiple Output (mMIMO) radio technology to advance network capacity, offer broader coverage and enhance network speeds.