Batelco and Ericsson carry out first 5G trial in Bahrain

25 May 2017

Leading Bahraini telecoms operator Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) has announced it has joined forces with Swedish technology provider Ericsson to conduct Bahrain’s first 5G trial. The trial of the next-generation mobile technology took place at Batelco’s headquarters in Hamala as part of the two companies’ 5G Forum. The trial demonstrated the capabilities of 5G in a real world environment over a live network, including testing speed, latency and beam steering, with ‘record speeds’ of 25Gbps achieved. Commenting on the success of the trial, Batelco Bahrain CEO Eng. Muna Al Hashemi said: ‘The trial was a demonstration of our commitment to ensure that we are offering the very best telecommunications services and digital solutions, as well as providing a digital backbone for the Kingdom of Bahrain as it moves to life in the Networked Society of the future.’