Ooredoo Qatar is building a 5G-ready network and intends to offer 5G speed by the end of this year. The telco has added a tenth base station equipped with 5G-ready technology last weekend.
“If you look at the history of our network, Ooredoo has always been a regional pioneer, ensuring that the people of Qatar enjoy the best network and fastest data experience. By creating a 5G-ready network, we believe we will be among the first operators in the world to offer incredible 5G speed and services for all our customers,” said Waleed Mohammed Ebrahim Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar.
“We hope to have 5G speeds available by the end of the year and we are already looking to collaborate with partners to ensure that a full range of 5G-ready devices and smartphones will be available for Ooredoo customers in Qatar,” said Waleed Al Sayed.
With the addition of the tenth base station, Ooredoo has successfully passed another important technology milestone.
The company has already started reducing the latency of its network towards 1 ms – the standard specified by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as the proposed baseline for next generation 5G technology.
In addition, Ooredoo has ensured that it has sufficient bandwidth by deploying the world’s most advanced fibre network using the latest GPON technology.
Ooredoo continues to test important 5G equipment, software and spectrum requirements leading up to the standardisation of 5G technology towards the end of 2017, after which technology partners and handset manufacturers will launch their 5G offerings.
Meeting these technology milestones has given Ooredoo the confidence to confirm that the company will be able to offer one of the world’s first fully-accessible proprietary 5G networks.
In December 2016, Ooredoo was one of the first companies to successfully conduct 5G trials for speed and latency, achieving incredible speeds and much lower latency.
Since this milestone, Ooredoo has pushed forward in building a 5G-ready network foundation across Qatar, including the ten new base stations.
Ooredoo continues to enhance Qatar’s mobile, Wi-Fi and nationwide Ooredoo Fibre networks on the Ooredoo Supernet as part of the company’s vision to be a data experience leader for all of Qatar.