Ooredoo Launches the First Commercial 5G Network in the World
Ooredoo network promises first 5G network, but without any compatible devices.
The race to introduce the 5G network has taken place over the last few years, and now Ooredoo network in Qatar is the first to launch the service. Ooredoo emphasized that their company is the world’s first offering 5G network to the public via the 3.5Ghz wave spectrum.
Currently, the 5G network covers a number of key locations around Qatar, including the international airports, Souq Waqif, Lagoona, West Bay and several other locations. With this 5G network offering, it also offers faster speed rates at low latency rates.
Ooredoo Qatar’s chief executive, Waleed al Sayed, said it is first available on the commercial market and represents a significant technological breakthrough for the telecommunications industry around the world, he said, adding that the 5G network will cover 80% of Qatar within one year.
“We are the first company in the world to offer access to 5G technology and services, and the people of Qatar are the first to have access to the incredible benefits this technological upgrade will bring,” said Sayed, quoted by VentureBeat.
Ooredoo will launch the 5G mobile phone network from 2019 onwards, expecting 5G-compatible smartphones to be available on the market from June next year, said Sayed, adding that the 5G service will not exceed the much higher current price for 4G speed.
Latest network technology
The Ooredoo 5G service offers the latest network technology – 5G NR (New Radio) – which means faster speed and capacity and much lower latency compared to the existing cellular systems.
The new network comes with several advantages over previous generations and will allow customers to explore opportunities that have not been possible so far.
This network will provide the necessary foundation to introduce a wave of innovations, including driverless cars and smart roads, virtual and augmented reality, a national fleet of service drones, and much more, said Sayed.
The download speed and data load will depend on the device and the CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) capabilities. The initial CPEs will support up to 1.2 Gbps of download and 100 Mbps of upload. As a network, speeds can reach up to 5 Gbps.
At this time, however, it will be a bit busy on the 5G battlefield, because many operators have declared the intention to launch next year’s network with new technology. The US mobile operators AT&T and Verizon both announcing to commercialize 5G network in the coming months.
However, to use it, users need a device with 5G support – which cannot be said for now. Devices such as smartphones and computers are expected to come to market with 5G support soon. Samsung is expected to launch its flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus with 5G capabilities around MWC 2019.
Ooredoo network will provide the foundation needed to introduce a wave of new innovation to the 5G world.