Etisalat says it has achieved mobile data rates of 71Gbps in trials of 5G technology. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco used 2GHz of bandwidth for its tests, which are being carried out during Gitex Technology Week in Dubai. Etisalat expects to have a live 5G network up and running in the UAE by 2020.
Meanwhile, Etisalat has revealed that its infrastructure investment will exceed AED3 billion (USD816 million) this year, with spending directed towards fixed and mobile network upgrades, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). The firm says it has achieved 4G population coverage of 97.78%, and has fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks passing 93.28% of the population, making the UAE the world’s most connected fibre market.