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Dubai telco du sets up innovation lab to drive 5G development

Telecom provider says it will work with universities and tech firm across UAE to 'radically change' lives

Dubai telco du sets up innovation lab to drive 5G development

Telecommunications service provider du has announced the establishment of the UAE 5G Innovation Gate (U5GIG) which aims to develop a global 5G network that will "radically change" lives across the UAE.

du is taking the lead to build a UAE 5G Innovation Lab to prototype, test and validate early 5G and Internet of Things equipment and services, the Dubai telco said in a statement.

It added that U5GIG will also allow universities and technical organisations across UAE to work together and participate in the development of the 5G ecosystem, and for academia and industry to test applications and technologies in a real-world setting.

Ibrahim Nassir, chief human capital and administration officer at du, said: "We are excited to announce this initiative that will allow the UAE to effectively compete with the advanced markets and bring UAE's voice to the technology development debate. 

"The UAE will be a major industry development leader and we can only do this through collaboration between industry and academia. We plan to work closely with suppliers and SMEs and eventually train future UAE academic and industry leaders." 

Although 5G is a few years away, the U5GIG will be pushing the boundaries of what is possible now and in the future and participate in the development, he added.

The aim of this initiative is to bridge the gap between telecom industry and academia in UAE by establishing and maintaining close, productive collaborations with academic institutions, industry and the community, du said in the statement.

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