Ooredoo Qatar has confirmed that it has taken delivery of the first batch of 5G home broadband devices, which are currently being tested on its 5G network in Doha before distribution to customers. The devices will work on the Ooredoo 4G and 5G networks and can achieve speeds of up to 2Gbps, the company’s press release stated, noting that ‘currently there are only a few 5G home broadband devices in the world … Ooredoo is working to acquire more stock in the very near future’. CEO Waleed Al Sayed claimed that the operator is ‘the first in the world to have a live commercial 5G home broadband device’, whilst the release added that Ooredoo ‘is working to find 5G compatible devices from across the world to test them on the network, including next-generation Internet of Things applications such as smart cars, VR, AR and drones’.
Ooredoo switched on its first live 3.5GHz Non-Standalone 5G New Radio (NR) base station last month in Doha, with live sites currently including West Bay and Katara Cultural Village, under a plan to operate 100 5G NR base stations within three months. Current peak data speed of the network is 2.5Gbps. The company expects to have commercial 5G mobile handsets on the network by June 2019.