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Telecom Operators

Ooredoo has successfully conducted tests on one of the first-ever 5G trial systems, positioning Qatar as one of the only countries in the world – and the first in the GCC region – to achieve this incredible technical milestone.

Thanks to an ongoing partnership with technology leaders Huawei and Nokia, Ooredoo has successfully demonstrated 5G capabilities on the Ooredoo Supernet within Ooredoo’s 5G laboratory, completing trials for speed and latency, and achieving incredible speeds of up to 35.46 GB per second – which would make it the fastest mobile data service in the world today.

Ooredoo’s success in trialing 5G technology provides the first regional example of the potential and performance of the upcoming fifth-generation wireless broadband technology, which is based upon the emerging standards.

The company has also promised to demonstrate the power of this new 5G technology with Nokia in the coming days, including a demonstration of next-generation virtual reality and robotic applications.

In addition, the results from Ooredoo’s trials will be shared with global partners, to contribute to the international agreements on standards and spectrum that will be necessary to support the global launch of 5G services. Ooredoo’s trial results will also help the development of 5G-ready equipment and devices.

Talking about the breakthrough, Waleed Al Sayed, chief executive officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “Ooredoo worked hard to complete this important technological breakthrough ahead of our country’s celebrations for Qatar National Day, so that we could share this remarkable achievement with our people and the world. Qatar continues to break new ground in the technology and services we are making available for our people, and Ooredoo is proud to be playing its part as a data experience leader, offering the best networks and services for our customers.”

The full commercial launch of 5G services from Ooredoo is still some time away, since 5G-ready devices and technology are not available anywhere in the world today. However, by achieving this technological breakthrough, Ooredoo is positioning itself in the top quadrant of data operators in terms of network quality and potential.

This is the latest in a host of Supernet successes for the company, as Ooredoo continues to invest in ensuring the best data and network experience for its customers.  

Ooredoo continues to enhance Qatar’s mobile, Wi-Fi and nationwide Ooredoo Fiber networks on the Ooredoo Supernet, as well as providing a host of self-service and self-care facilities accessible through the Ooredoo app, Ooredoo website and network of Self-Service Machines (SSM).