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Gitex 2019: Etisalat showcases 5G plans

Etisalat also showcased advanced robotic technologies

Gitex 2019: Etisalat showcases 5G plans
Etisalat's stand features ‘Furhat’, the world’s most advanced social robot, and humanoid robots Selma and Owen.

UAE telco Etisalat presented its 5G theme at Gitex Technology Week in Dubai on Sunday, focused on the significant role of technologies like AI, robotics, VR and AR across verticals.

Based at Dubai’s biggest annual IT event, the telco’s stand presents solutions for the first time globally, such as 5G cloud gaming experiences and a 5G-connected ambulance .

Italdesign, the makers of the first flying car, demonstrated a unique sharing service for wheelchair users on the stand. The ‘Wheem-I’ is making its presence for the first time globally – a semi-autonomous electric vehicle which makes travelling within the city easier for people with a lightweight manual wheelchair.

Etisalat also showcased advanced robotic technologies. The stand features ‘Furhat’, the world’s most advanced social robot, and humanoid robots Selma and Owen. Next generation robotic technologies and displays on the stand include outdoor delivery robots, quadrupal robots and fusion-robots backpacks.

“Etisalat’s presence at GITEX this year is special as the 5G revolution is here bringing in the next wave of digital transformation and innovation. Visitors will be able to experience 5G and future technologies that is going to intensify and disrupt the way we live and work,” Dr Ahmed Bin Ali, group senior vice president, corporate communications, Etisalat said.

In July, Etisalat reported a 3.1 percent rise in net profit to AED4.4 billion ($1.2 billion) for the first six months of 2019.

Etisalat said its subscriber base in the UAE reached 12.4 million subscribers.

"The launch of the first 5G network in the region is a major achievement as it opens up massive opportunities and adds value to both our customers and shareholders, it will help fast-track new innovative digital services,” Essa Mohamed Al Suwaidi, chairman of Etisalat Group, said.

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