etisalat by e& Conducts First 6GHz 5G Trial with Huawei

Etisalat UAE, branded as etisalat by e&, announced the successful completion of its first trial of the 6GHz spectrum, creating history by taking this monumental step for the future of 5G, opening up a world of possibilities for next-generation technologies and expansion of the future.

This trial conducted with Huawei Technologies was integral in today’s technology evolution as full speed and capabilities of 5G depend on mid-band spectrum that secures performance in the long term and adds more capacity if required. Here, 6GHz plays a critical role, especially considering the use of mobile technologies has grown exponentially, devices have become more powerful, and services more diverse for both consumers and enterprises. With bandwidth-hungry applications, the number of connected devices per person has also increased, which means more bandwidth will be required to limit service degradation and deliver a good quality of experience.

The 6 GHz range is a mid-band frequency and sits at a balancing point between coverage and capacity, providing the perfect environment for 5G connectivity. Extending the bandwidth of 5G through the harmonisation of 6 GHz spectrum will provide more bandwidth and improve network performance. On top of this, the broad, contiguous channels offered by the 6 GHz range will reduce the need for network densification and make next-generation connectivity more affordable for all.

The focus on 6GHz is also in line with etisalat by e&’s future roadmap as part of the e& group transformation drive to become a global technology conglomerate. Its partnerships with global tech companies like Meta are a testimony to the continuous drive for innovation by working together on metaverse technologies, use cases that integrate with the latest Meta products and solutions, consumer channel digitalisation, enhancing Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality ( VR) experiences and conversational commerce throughout its digital communication plans.

The metaverse will require seamless mobility enabled by macro-cellular networks relying on mid-band spectrum such as the 6GHz band. In this scenario, as an example, XR (extended reality) headsets will require sufficient bandwidth on 5G smartphones to connect to these networks. At etisalat by e&, there has been remarkable progress in 5G implementation and connections across the country.

5G use cases today accelerate digital transformation across industries and sectors, unleashing new waves of innovation that will benefit billions. 5G networks and technologies support next-generation industry 4.0 and implementations in health care and transport, all depending on bandwidth, coverage and capacity.

With 6GHz, new 5G projects can bring innovative and creative applications to society with faster, more reliable mobile broadband. They thus enable new applications and services, fixed wireless access (FWA) 5G to connect consumers and businesses at fiber-like speeds away from last-mile fiber, next-generation industrial automation transforming processes, increasing efficiency, reducing costs and improving safety. In healthcare and transport, speed and latency capabilities make advanced telemedicine with remote surgery possible, while connected transport is enabled along with highly efficient public transport networks.

Khalid Murshed, Chief Technology and Information Officer (CTIO), Etisalat UAE
5G allows the industry to support national digital transformation goals by providing reliable, high capacity, low latency, and wide-area connectivity to consumers and industries. The metaverse is opening untapped opportunities with hyper-personalized experiences powered by AI. Telcos will be the entry point to the metaverse because of connectivity but also because the customer wants access to a digital world. The future is powered by AI and analytics, with metaverse playing a role yet to be defined. This kind of technology disruption will create challenges but simultaneously bring massive prospects to this dynamic industry.

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