In a regional first, the Expo 2020 Dubai site now is now 5G enabled after Etisalat switched on connectivity for the first major customer for the network in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
At 1.3 gbps (gigabits per second) the test network at the site is already more than twice as fast as the typical 4G networks in the world which average speeds of 600 mbps (megabits per second).
The higher bandwidth, coupled with lower latency levels – 1 millisecond vs the up to 20 milliseconds 4G networks average globally – will allow for real world applications that are currently nearly impossible to achieve including streaming 360 degree 4k footage from high powered drones to virtual reality goggles over mobile broadband.
These functions used to be impossible with 4G because of how bandwidth intensive they are. With 5G, everything from autonomous cars, to artificial intelligence and Internet of Things in between are now waiting in the wings for companies to bring them to the fore.
By this time next year is when consumers too should start to begin seeing what 5G will bring to Dubai as the first 5G handsets begin coming on to the market.
In this edition of Inside AB, Jeremy Lawrence and Shayan Shakeel discuss what 5G means for businesses, companies, consumers and the much awaited Expo 2020.
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(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)