World’s ‘first’ commercial 5G network launches in Qatar

Qatar-based Ooredoo has claimed a first in the world with the launch of a live 5G network on the 3.5GHz spectrum band.  Ooredoo’s 5G network is the first commercially available 5G network and covers an area from The Pearl Qatar to Hamad International Airport. Lagoona, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, the Corniche and Souq Waqif are also included in the initial commercial launch area.

The Ooredoo 5G service is based on the 5G New Radio standards and promises much higher speeds and capacity and better latency than existing cellular systems, the operator said. Ooredoo started testing 5G on Qatar National Day in 2016, completed 10 5G-ready base stations in May 2017, and launched a 5G Business services trial in partnership with Qatar Airways in November 2017.

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Access to the Ooredoo 5G Supernet will require a 5G compatible device from Ooredoo. The company said that it will continue to expand 5G coverage over the coming months to cover even more areas of Qatar.

 

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