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3.1 Gbps DOWNLOAD THROUGHPUT

Etisalat sets global milestone with fastest 5G SA speed

ABU DHABI, December 7, 2019

In yet another global breakthrough in the 5G journey, UAE's leading telecom services operator Etisalat has achieved over 3.1 Gbps download throughput over its 5G Stand Alone network. 
 
The Standalone 5G does not use 4G LTE for any control functions of 5G, unlike non-standalone (NSA) 5G. The major advantages of standalone 5G will be in the enterprise arena as lower latencies can be achieved and network slicing is possible, said a statement from Etisalat.
 
In October, the telco giant had successfully completed the first end-to-end 5G SA call in the UAE, becoming the first operator globally to achieve this milestone.
 
The new throughput record is a result of a gradual progression of Etisalat’s 5G rollout, as it develops the technology across the 5G ecosystem towards the full vision of an autonomous 5G network. 
 
In this test, 200MHz spectrum was used with a mobile smartphone capable of 5G SA operation, it stated.
 
On the key achievement, Saeed Alzarouni, Senior VP (Mobile Network) said: "Etisalat continuously endeavours to achieve a network capable of delivering beyond customer expectations. Today’s landmark announcement sets a new benchmark in the telecom industry, a testimony to our continuous efforts in building a network that will enable innovation and accelerate digital transformation."
 
“We have yet again achieved another milestone in our 5G journey with the new download throughput, which is a result of Etisalat’s efforts in building a robust 5G network that is software upgradable from non-standalone (NSA) to standalone technology,” stated Alzarouni.
 
According to him, 5G is a major enabler for the fourth industrial revolution, providing faster data connectivity combined with higher speed. 
 
"With ultra-high speed and low latency services to the user, 5G will enable them to enjoy uninterrupted 4K video streaming, best gaming experience, AR/VR services and autonomous transport.-TradeArabia News Service



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