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Vodafone to follow Ooredoo in 5G network rollout
DOHA: Telecom companies in Qatar are moving fast to introduce 5G services in the country. Ooredoo has begun conducting the 5G commercial network in cooperation with Qatar Airways through Ooredoo Supernet network while Vodafone is expected to start providing this service at the end of the year.
Speaking to Qatar News Agency (QNA) Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Qatar, Waleed Al Sayed said the company has been proactive in adopting and developing the latest technologies and provide it in various regions of Qatar.
Al Sayed added that Ooredoo was the first company in the world to launch a fifth-generation network through the 3.5GHz Spectrum, noting that the company continued to expand its fifth generation network throughout Qatar less than three weeks after the announcement.
This will enable the use of new concepts in technology because of the unprecedented high speed of data transfer, such as the Internet of Things that will enable everything like the appliances and tools to connect to the Internet.
He added that the company offered the speeds that the 5G offers, pointing that it has reached 2.51 GHz/sec, with a high rate of capacity and very low delay.
Since the announcement in mid-May, Qatar has become the first country in the world to roll out a 5G network on the 3.5GHz spectrum band
The introduction of 5G services will significantly increase Internet speed in the country offering a speed of up to 10 gigabytes per second (gbps) compared to the current available speed of up to 256 megabytes per second (mbps).
While the 4G network is capable of providing speeds up to a maximum of 50mbps, 5G goes up to 10gpbs, allowing users to download HD movies in just a few seconds.
Al Sayed pointed out that the company had launched the 5G services for a limited number of companies during Qatar National Day in December 2017, considering this as a very important achievement for the company.
The second communication service provider in Qatar is not distant from the fifth generation technologies. Vodafone Qatar Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Ramy Boctor told QNA that the company is working to utilise its global communication experience in developing new innovations that contribute to making a better life. He added that the company is concentrating on providing world-class telecommunication and digital services in Qatar.
Through continuous investments in the structure, Vodafone Qatar has been able to building a world-calss network, he said.
Boctor went on saying that the fifth generation technology was an essential step in the digital development process that both the company and the country were witnessing, revealing that Vodafone will start providing this service at the end of the year to be operational as soon as the devices that supports it are available in the Qatari market.
Vodafone CTO added that the fifth generation technology will provide a much faster internet service, which means that users of that technology will be able to view and upload content in a way that was never experienced before. “For example, they will be able to download a full HD-quality film in just a few seconds, enjoy live streaming without any interruption or delay and the download speed will be faster than ever,” he said.
July 02, 2018 TO July 02, 2018
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