Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 34 - Page 53

COUNTRY FOCUS: QATAR “ AS THE COUNTDOWN TO 2022 HAS BEGUN, WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT QATAR IS READY AHEAD OF TIME. higher speeds and capacity, and extreme low latency. Ooredoo 5G will enable new types of applications like driverless cars and smart roads, the connection of millions of low powered connected devices, Augmented Reality and much more. Ooredoo welcomes device manufacturers and developers of 5G use cases to Qatar so that arrangements can be made for them to test against the world’s first, deployed, commercial 5G network. Pushing forward Due to world-wide manufacturing limitations, Ooredoo’s 5G Supernet network is not yet accessible by smartphones. However, the company has stated that it is working to rapidly roll-out its state-of-the-art network so that consumers and businesses across Qatar can instantly benefit as soon as compatible devices are made available. With over 75 5G-ready Ooredoo network towers now in place around Doha, the company has announced it is pushing forward with testing the first-ever live 5G home broadband devices. The first results of rigorous stress tests using 25 home broadband 5G devices show super-fast ‘fibre comparable’ speeds on the Ooredoo 5G network. These tests were made in real-life non-laboratory environments across various parts of the city. So far, the company has announced the new 5G home broadband devices will work on both the Ooredoo 4G and 5G network and can achieve speeds of up to 2 Gbps, 20 times the speeds of Ooredoo’s 100Mbps fibre. Talking about the results, Al Sayed said: “Some of Qatar’s most populated areas in Doha are now 5G-enabled, meaning a huge number of Ooredoo customers and businesses will be able to instantly access INTELLIGENTCIO 53