5G at the top of the world
Etisalat on Monday announced the availability of 5G coverage at the world's tallest building, Emaar's iconic Burj Khalifa, showcasing the readiness of the 5G network and its compatibility with industry leading 5G smartphones.
Etisalat and Emaar came together to successfully make a 5G call from the Burj Khalifa, which is the latest in a series of live 5G video calls made across various locations in the UAE. The 5G call is a major step for Etisalat, as it proves the 5G network readiness and availability and its services in the country. The historic call, which was posted by Etisalat on its social media, showed two officials making the first 5G video call from the Burj Khalifa to the Etisalat headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
Etisalat's landmark announcement earlier in the year also gave subscribers an opportunity to be the first in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region to experience the new super-fast 5G network on 5G ready smartphones.
At around 20 times faster than 4G and with ultra-low latency, 5G technology will allow users to stream live 4K resolution video anywhere at any time, with virtually no lag. With 5G technology consumers will witness unprecedented network speed allowing users to enjoy uninterrupted 4K & HD videos, AR/VR services, cloud gaming from anywhere in UAE, advanced robotics, autonomous transport, 3D printing and wearable technologies. Etisalat aims to build 1,000 5G towers across the UAE during 2019 to enable 5G coverage.
Etisalat embarked on its 5G journey in 2014 when it started constructing the network with a dedicated team of engineers and specialists dedicated to building one of the most advanced networks in the region. A major milestone for Etisalat and the telecom industry was the launch of the first commercial 5G wireless network in the UAE on May 14, 2018, becoming the first telecom operator in the Mena region to achieve this technological breakthrough and set an industry benchmark. Expo 2020 Dubai was also the first major commercial customer in the region to partner with Etisalat on 5G in July 2018, delivering a unique and memorable experience for the millions of visitors.?Etisalat has also empowered visitors at Abu Dhabi international airport with indoor ultra-high speed 5G connectivity, making it the first airport in the region with 5G coverage.