UAE set to become first country to roll out 5G network

A senior official of UAE telecom operator Etisalat has said that the UAE is set to lead the world into the future by becoming the first country to see a nation-wide rollout of the 5G network in time for the Expo 2020 exhibition, Emirates24|7 has reported.

“We are ready to take the big leap into the future of the telecom industry with the UAE becoming the world’s first nation to roll out the 5G network,” Ahmad Julfar, CEO of Etisalat Group, said yesterday.

He made these comments at the GSMA Mobile 360 – Middle East conference on ‘Building Connected Societies’.

First and smartest district of the future

Julfar confirmed that Etisalat is in official discussions to transform the Expo 2020 site as the first and smartest district of the future. He added that the operator has the extensive ICT expertise and digital value proposition to provide end-to-end, scalable and innovative infrastructure that will help achieve the leadership’s vision to host the ‘best Expo that the world has witnessed.’

The proposed smart transformation of the Expo 2020 site, Julfar said, will build on Etisalat’s plans to introduce the 5G mobile network in the UAE, just in time to host the 25 million visitors expected to visit the expo.

Equidistant between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the Expo Dubai site will be serviced by three international airports and a world-class road and transport system to ensure ease of access and seamless operations for both participants and visitors.

The Expo in Dubai deserves a world-class telecom system that will enhance the visitor experience and position the UAE as the best in the world, he said.

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