Telecoms operator Etisalat, has launched its first commercial 5G wireless network in the UAE.
Etisalat said in a statement that its commercial 5G network is available and will provide gigabit internet services to its customers.
According to the company, the network will fuel enterprises digital transformation, IoT, smart cities and the fourth industrial revolution.
Saleh Al Abdooli, CEO, Etisalat Group applauded the efforts of the entire team and said: "Today's announcement is a historic moment for the company as the commercial launch of the 5G network will set a milestone for the UAE. Etisalat today is the first telecom operator in the world to provide this ultra-high 5G C-band data speed as a commercial service over the wireless network."
Al Abdooli added that: "5G stands out as a game changer with rich potential, an evolution that would elevate services, performance, and enablement. It is the natural progression as part of our network modernization journey, the anticipated technical specifications are promising, bringing along various desirable features and functionalities."
The telecom operator said the foundation of the commercial launch was laid in December last year, where Etisalat was one of the operators globally to launch a pre-commercial 5G network in certain areas of the country demonstrating high-speed use cases in addition to the low latency feature of the 5G technology.
In the first phase of the launch, 5G fixed wireless services (fixed and internet services) will be provided in selected locations in UAE, which will gradually expand to other parts of the country depending on consumer demand and requirements.
The 5G network will also empower government entities and the enterprise digital transformation, smart city development and the fourth industrial revolution, Etisalat said.