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Etisalat and Huawei join forces on 5G technology

First ever regional trials of 5G planned, five year deal for next generation broadband

Etisalat and Huawei have signed a five year deal for 5G.
Etisalat and Huawei have signed a five year deal for 5G.

Etisalat and Huawei have joined forces to conduct trials of 5th Generation mobile and broadband services in the Middle East.

The first ever trials of their kind in the region will be conducted by the two companies. Etisalat and Huawei have signed a new agreement and over the next five years they will work together in the development of 5th generation mobile broadband.

Etisalat has become one of the world's fastest-growing telecom groups across the Middle East, Asia and Africa, servicing 150 million customers in 15 countries.

Hatem Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer at Etisalat Group says: "Etisalat has been committing to enhance the customer experience through nurturing advanced technologies. 5G mobile network aims to tremendously improve user's experience with never seen before speed and capacity. The superfast 5G mobile network will enable new possibilities and offers seamless communication experience. We always fulfill our promise to the communities we serve while maintaining the leading position in the region".

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider has been deployed in over 140 countries, serving more than one-third of the world's population.

"We have already achieved many breakthroughs in 5G research worldwide as people, business and cities become further digitally connected," says Alan Wang, the President of Huawei -Etisalat Global Key Account. "The future of the digital society in the in the region will of course take a collective effort to realise. As Huawei extends its longstanding relationship with Etisalat, we look forward to opening up new possibilities that can address society's demand for higher-capacity, seamless mobile communication experiences."

It is estimated that  by 2020, 6.5 billion people worldwide will use mobile networks for data communications and that 100 billion additional ‘things', such as vehicles, meters, medical devices, and home appliances, will also be connected via mobile networks.

While 4G telecom services are still relatively new in the Middle East, the research & development teams have already been working on developing fifth generation networks that can deliver tremendous data rates over the current 4G telecom networks.