Regulator examines superfast network
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.”