05 July 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Telcos in Qatar are accelerating their 5G deployments in the country, following the success Ooredoo has been having with its trials.
Back in 2016, Ooredoo successfully carried out tests on the
first 5G trial systems in Qatar and the first in the Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Since then it has gone
onto work with Qatar Airways through its Ooredoo Supernet
Speaking to the Qatar News Agency (QNA), Waleed Al Sayed,
CEO of Ooredoo Qatar, said that the company has been proactive
in adopting and developing the latest technologies and rolling
it out to various parts of Qatar. He added that the company was
the first in the world to deploy a 5G network using 3.5GHz
The move will of course support things like the adoption of
5G and IoT. Sayed also explained that the company has already
begun offering speeds of up to 2.51GHz with a high rate of
capacity and low delay.
As the first country to rollout a 5G network on 3.5GHz band,
it has increased speeds in the country from 10Gbps in
comparison to the currently available 256Mbps.
Following in Ooredoo’s footsteps, Vodafone
Qatar is not too far off 5G services itself. Ramy Boctor, CTO
of Vodafone Qatar, told the QNA that the company is actively
working to use its global communications experience to develop
new innovations that he says 'contribute to a better
life’ and it hopes to start offering 5G services
by the end of the year, once it the devices to support the
next-gen technology become available.
He went on to say that 5G technology is crucial to the
digital development process that both the company and country
were experiencing. Particularly in the area of content, whereas
Boctor said customers "will be able to download a full
HD-quality film in just a few seconds, enjoy live streaming
without any interruption or delay and the download speed will
be faster than ever."
Earlier this year Vodafone Qatar secured $250 million (911
million riyals) in financing to help the
operator’s fixed-line services rollout and 5G
Waleed Al Sayed,