Ericsson and Etisalat conduct 5G trials
Companies successfully complete first 5G trial with outdoor mobility in the region
Ericsson and Etisalat have jointly trialled 5G capabilities in a real world environment over a live network at Etisalat's head office in Abu Dhabi.
The two companies successfully demonstrated over 20 times greater performance than what is currently used in 4G networks. The 5G trial system used 800MHz of spectrum in the 15GHz band, where it tested speed, latency and beam steering.
Saeed Al Zarouni, SVP/Mobile Network, Etisalat said: "Today's live demonstration provides a glimpse into the future and what mobile services will be like in the next few years. Today, we conducted the first live 5G trial with Ericsson and the first 5G trial with outdoor mobility in the region. 5G enhances existing services with additional capacity, higher speeds and lower latency, while supporting a large number of machine-type connections."
Petter Järtby, head of Etisalat Global Customer Unit at Ericsson Region Middle East, added: "Today's trial is a key milestone of the extensive collaborative efforts between Etisalat and Ericsson to ensure the UAE is ready for 5G.
"This next generation of technology will enable organisations to move into new markets and build new revenue streams with radically new business models and use cases, including Internet of Things (IoT) applications."