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Etisalat showcases 5G capabilities at GITEX Technology Week

Saeed Al Zarouni, Senior Vice President, Mobile Network, Etisalat.

Etisalat is showcasing live download speed comparison between 4G and 5G live networks giving visitors a chance to experience the “download time” difference between the two technologies by downloading a 4K HD movie/video using 4G and 5G simultaneously. Starting today, GITEX Technology Week is taking place at Dubai World Trade Center and will conclude on October 18 2018.

The 5G use case focuses on ultra-high speed and low latency. The exhibit highlights the comparison of time to download a 4K video using 4G and 5G technology. The video (more than 1GB) download time reportedly takes 13 seconds as opposed to 4G, which takes approximately two minutes.

The download progress is displayed on the screen to show the time taken to download the file on each technology.

Commenting on the telco’s participation, Saeed Al Zarouni, Senior Vice President, Mobile Network, Etisalat highlighted: “This year our participation at GITEX Technology week is significant as visitors can experience live 5G giving them a preview of the digital future. Etisalat has also taken the lead in 5G this year and this showcase is a testimony to our long-standing efforts in bringing growth and innovation in the country laying the foundation for smart city development.

Recently Etisalat also announced a major milestone with Expo 2020 Dubai becoming the first commercial customer in the MEASA region to access 5G services. Etisalat’s network will provide digital and telecom services to Expo 2020 Dubai and its visitors, supporting an expected 300,000 daily users on peak days. At the event, Etisalat also demonstrated an advanced 5G-based drone equipped with a 360-degree VR camera and 4K streaming experience.