Etisalat Group and Huawei Sign Agreement on Developing 5G
Laying the foundation for the next generation of super-speed connectivity, Etisalat Group, a leading telecoms operator in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and Huawei—a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider—have announced the signing of a new series of agreements that will see the two companies deepen their cooperation in pioneering telecom broadband services over the next five years across the region.
For the first time in the region, Etisalat Group and Huawei will cooperate in the development of 5th generation (5G) mobile broadband. A joint team will be set up to conduct the trial of 5G services, which are anticipated to be the first ever trials of their kind across the MENA region.
“The future of the digital society remains a promising one as people, businesses and cities become more profoundly connected through vibrant information and communication technologies,” says Hatem Bamatraf, Chief Technology Officer at Etisalat Group. “Etisalat Group remains committed to bringing its customers the latest and most advanced services. We have focused on constantly enhancing our networks, creating strong partnerships, and bringing innovative technologies our markets”, he added.
By 2020, it is estimated that 6.5 billion people worldwide will use mobile networks for data communications and that 100 billion additional ‘things’, such as vehicles, meters, medical devices, and home appliances, will also be connected via broadband networks.
“Over the next five years, investments in ICT infrastructure will bring even greater possibilities to the public by making our everyday work and lives more efficient, intelligent and convenient. Huawei is proud to extend its longstanding relationship with Etisalat Group through these latest memorandums, and we look forward to opening up new possibilities by addressing society’s demand for higher-capacity, seamless communication experiences,” said Alan Wang, President of Huawei – Etisalat Global Key Account.
For the first time in the region, Etisalat Group and Huawei also agreed to work together to trial ultra-fast fiber telecommunication services. The two companies agreed to trial a 40Gbps fiber network that can eventually provide the increased speed and bandwidth required for seamless services including voice over IP, high-speed Internet, and IPTV going directly to the premises of the home and business users.
Both Etisalat Group and Huawei also agreed to collaborate in delivering Huawei’s latest range of consumer devices to more customers across the region. The two companies have previously linked up in the device arena through cooperative launches of the Huawei Ascend P6 smartphone.
Prior to this year’s string of agreements, Etisalat Group and Huawei have worked on numerous landmark projects in the Middle East telecommunications sector over the last 10 years. During last year’s Mobile World Congress, the two companies signed a major global agreement focusing on the enhancement of mobile broadband services and its digital services portfolio.
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