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Bahrain plans to provide commercial 5G services by June, subject to availability of consumer handsets and equipment, the government has announced.

Bahrain flag 27 MarchKamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain’s minister of transportation and telecommunications, said preparations for the rollout of the kingdom’s 5G networks are now complete. The regulator will allocate licenses and spectrum by the middle of April, he added.

5G technology will enable a greater volume of data transmission at higher speeds, supporting interactive technologies like virtual reality and fuelling the growth of 4K video streaming and high-end gaming.

“Our leadership in 5G reflects Bahrain’s appetite for innovation and sends a signal to the world that we can be a test-bed for some of the most transformative technologies. There were a lot of hurdles along the way – ensuring spectrum availability as soon as possible was a big challenge, but overcoming these obstacles exemplifies the support and cooperation amongst all stakeholders in Bahrain and demonstrates how Bahrain can move quickly, deliver enormous progress against an accelerated timeframe, and be a partner to technology leaders,” said the minister.

VIVA Bahrain, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s STC, last month signed an agreement to use Huawei products in its 5G network. Ericsson has partnered Bahrain’s state owned operator Batelco on its 5G network, while the Gulf island nation’s third telecom group Zain Bahrain is yet to announce a 5G technology provider.

Commercial trials for 5G technology in Bahrain were held in June 2018.

Bahrain joins the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in the race to launch 5G services in the Gulf. Worldwide, South Korea , China, Japan and the US are also starting to roll out their 5G networks.