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etisalat by e& announced a global industry milestone with the successful pilot deployment of mmWave over 10 kilometers, laying the foundation for commercial 5G private networks and accelerating the digital transformation journey for customers and businesses.

The implementation of 5G mmWave (FR2 only) network capability was steered as part of etisalat by e& vision to deliver state-of-the-art technologies to society. This is considered a global first 5G deployment on mmWave at 26 GHz, FR2 only over 10 km with high speeds. The step is aimed at addressing the demand of consumers and enterprises to have a solution following the highest standards of data security and digitalization over mobile networks that’s also capable of delivering large amounts of data reliably and securely.

The mmWave spectrum generally refers to frequencies above 24 GHz that can deliver extreme capacity, ultra-high throughput and ultra-low latency, which has huge potential in multiple applications for consumers as well as enterprises.

The solution demonstrates the ability of 5G networks to enable the uplink of heavy video and real-time data transfer scenarios over a specific geographical area, effectively paving the way toward the digital transformation of industries operating over vast areas. 

Marwan Bin Shakar, SVP access network development, etisalat by e&, said: “This deployment is a commitment to unleashing the full potential of 5G network and pushing the boundaries to redefine the world of connectivity. This is a significant milestone for 5G mmWave, especially that the demand for data has increased exponentially, and this plays a pivotal role in increasing network capacity. Our partnerships with technology leaders have also contributed to setting these benchmarks in the industry and bring advanced solutions to the country, making sure we address customer digitalisation’s requirements and enabling quicker time to market.”

This achievement will support the use of 5G networks for FWA subscribers who can enjoy a fiber-like user experience over wireless networks and also accelerate the adoption of 5G private network technology in other sectors like oil and gas, public safety, healthcare, manufacturing and more to have complete control over their user data with on-premise hosted MEC (multi-access edge computing) and use their enterprise data and security policies to manage data delivered from a private 5G network.

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