The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has opened the way for the country’s telcos to begin deployments in preparation for future 5G mobile networks. The watchdog says it is supporting the rollout of 5G services in three bands by 2020, these being: 1427MHz-1518MHz, 3300MHz-3800MHz and 24.25GHz-27.5GHz. In addition, the TRA says it is also looking at utilising spectrum in the 40GHz range beyond 2020. On the back of the regulator’s announcement, UAE telco Etisalat said it had opened the Middle East region’s first pre-commercial 5G networks at selected locations in Abu Dhabi and Dubai using the 3300MHz-3800MHz band. Full commercial 5G services are expected to be introduced in 2020, once global standards have been finalised by the ITU.