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UAE telco Etisalat is to offer 4K video on 5G networks from September as it revealed Dubai’s Expo 2020 site as its first commercial customer for services on the next-generation network.
Expo 2020 Dubai 11 July 2018
In preparation to become “the smartest, fastest and most connected site on Earth”, Expo 2020’s network is now running at speed of 1.3 gigabits per second, more than twice as fast and a typical 4G network, and is coupled with lower latency levels of around 1 millisecond.

Etisalat’s 5G testing connection, demonstrated on 10 July, showed the streaming of 4K footage, or 360-degree video feeds from high powered drones to virtual reality goggles.

“These functions are impossible with 4G, and can’t be done at all unless you deploy fibre networks because they are very bandwidth intensive. 5G will allow this over mobile broadband,” said Etisalat’s Saeed Zarouni, senior vice president, mobile networks.

“Initially we are providing fixed wireless services. High definition TV services such as 4k video will be available from September. By the end of the first half of 2019 is when the first 5G handsets will begin coming on to the market and you will see 5G available for consumer deployment,” he said.

Expo 2020 Dubai will deploy more than 200 kilometres of fibre, 8,000 WiFi access points, 2,000 5G indoor antennas, and 2,000 4G antennae, said Expo 2020 Dubai’s innovation and future technology chief, Mohammed Alhashmi.

At the end of last month, Finland’s Elisa claimed to have become the world’s first telco to begin commercial use of the next generation mobile technology.