Ooredoo announced that the fastest 5G speed experience in the world, using commercial smartphones and a live network, is now available for its customers in Qatar. As Ooredoo works to be one of the first operators in the world to offer 5G technology for its customers, it continues to invest in and test the latest 5G equipment, software, and spectrum requirements, leading up to the standardization of 5G technology.
A large part of this investment has involved working with world-class partners to develop and test 5G technologies leading up to standardization and commercial availability in the future. Tests, carried out on live sites across Ooredoo's network, trialled network speed and latency, achieving speeds exceeding 1Gbps.
"This is a first-in-the-world landmark for Qatar, and demonstrates that Ooredoo has built one of the world's leading networks. Ooredoo will continue to invest heavily in our networks to make sure that everyone across our global footprint can enjoy the internet and its life enhancing benefits," said Waleed Al Sayed, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar and Deputy CEO, Ooredoo Group.
"There is no doubt that 5G services will have a huge impact on businesses and people, unlocking speeds for seamless browsing, next-generation business applications, and more," Al Sayed added. "We are committed to being one of the first operators globally to make this service commercially available to our customers."
As part of a series of related announcements, Ooredoo also announced that Qatar Airways will be its first 5G connected corporate customer. This network for business phase of Ooredoo's 5G launch efforts is a first in the region, with a recent trial demonstrating Ooredoo's ability to operate in the 5G spectrum using advanced 5G technology such as Massive MIMO antennas.
Waleed Al Sayed added: "Ooredoo 5G Connected Corporate Commercial Services will see us enable more businesses to fulfil their digital potential. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of this successful pre-standardized 5G connection for our business customers in Qatar and the impact this service can have on Qatar's digital economy in the future."
When launched, Ooredoo's 5G Connected Corporate Commercial Services will utilise the latest network technology to offer much higher speeds, capacity and better latency than existing cellular systems. On top of a better and faster service, Ooredoo's 5G Commercial Services will provide a connectivity solution via radio technology for corporate customers located in hard-to-reach remote areas as an alternative to high speed wired networks.