The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has allocated spectrum in the 24.25GHz-27.5GHz range for 5G wireless services. Gulf News reports that 1GHz of frequencies will be handed out this month, with a second tranche made available in the third quarter of 2021.
The regulator said in February this year that it was looking to make the UAE the first country in the Middle East with a live millimetre wave (mmWave) 5G network. Local cellco Du switched on a trial site using 26GHz spectrum later that month at an arena on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Du said the trial system enabled download speeds of up to 2.1Gbps and it is looking to increase this to 4Gbps by using additional frequencies. Du and rival Etisalat currently use 3.5GHz spectrum for their live 5G networks.
Meanwhile, Etisalat has launched a new 5G-based fixed-wireless access (FWA) service for home broadband connectivity. Saeed Al Zarouni, senior vice president for Mobile Networks at Etisalat, commented: ‘Today’s announcement is significant as it lays a foundation for 5G use cases [featuring] futuristic technologies and solutions in a mature 5G ecosystem. This is only the beginning of the next evolution of fixed-wireless technologies and the immense possibilities of innovation for UAE residents and businesses.’