Viva Bahrain, the country’s third largest mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, has announced ‘the completion of 5G readiness’ in selected locations nationwide. Viva claims to be the first cellco in Bahrain to enable the adoption of 5G services and the new network will allow customers to benefit from the Internet of Things (IoT), including virtual reality, ultimate real-time gaming, 3D 8K video, artificial intelligence (AI) and connected cars.
Despite the currently limited availability of 5G-compatible devices, Viva says its early adoption of the latest technology is in line with its vision to become the leading mobile operator in Bahrain. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in June 2018 Viva Bahrain piloted a 5G trial, in which connection speeds of 1.5Gbps were achieved. Viva has not disclosed the locations where 5G will initially be available for customers.