Reg­u­la­tor ex­am­ines su­per­fast net­work

7 Days in Dubai - - BUSINESS - @Ro­ryReynolds

By Rory Reynolds The UAE’s tele­coms reg­u­la­tor is ex­am­in­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of su­per­fast 5G net­works.

The TRA is dis­cussing plans to al­lo­cate band­width fre­quen­cies that are com­pat­i­ble with the tech­nol­ogy, which could see mo­bile users achieve down­load speeds of up to 10 gi­ga­bytes per sec­ond.

At present, 4G users around the world see av­er­age speeds of be­tween four and 12 megabytes per sec­ond, though it widely varies.

This means busi­nesses could host video con­fer­ences on the move, while com­muters could stream or down­load HD films in sec­onds.

It is ex­pected to be widely rolled out by 2020, although Nokia CEO Ra­jeev Suri ear­lier this year pre­dicted 5G would be avail­able in some form by 2017.

Khaled Al Awadhi, from the TRA’s Cor­po­rate De­vel­op­ment De­part­ment, said the tech­nol­ogy was dis­cussed dur­ing a meet­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Union (ITU) in Geneva. Dubai tech com­men­ta­tor Nick Rego, Se­nior Ed­i­tor at tbreak.com, said: “With 5G speeds you’d be able to pub­lish or con­sume me­dia that would be much slower on 3G or 4G net­works. “Things like up­load­ing 4K-qual­ity pho­tos, 360-de­gree videos [which are quite pop­u­lar now], or hav­ing clearer video stream­ing or video con­fer­enc­ing right from your hand­set.” He said 5G is un­likely to be in the hands of con­sumers be­fore 2019, and that users are likely to need an up-to­date hand­set to use it. He also sug­gested there is likely to be a ‘pre­mium’ cost for users, due to the of 5G cost for ser­vice providers Rego added: “Our phones aren’t the only things con­nected to the web - cars, fridges, light bulbs, ther­mostats - ev­ery­thing seems to need a con­nec­tion to talk to other de­vices or re­lay data. 5G is the nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion of things.”

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