Etisalat rolls out 5G home internet service in UAE

'The deployment of 5G FWA is another major 5G milestone for Etisalat'

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A man walks past a sign at the headquarters of telecommunications company Etisalat in Dubai October 25, 2011.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A man walks past a sign at the headquarters of telecommunications company Etisalat in Dubai October 25, 2011.

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UAE - Etisalat subscribers in UAE can now access super-fast speeds on 5G fixed networks from their homes enabling them to stream high bandwidth 4K videos, enjoy cloud based gaming and low latency to meet the accelerated need for immersive technologies such as augmented and virtual reality.

"The deployment of 5G FWA is another major 5G milestone for Etisalat, a result of our continuous efforts in bringing the best in technology and infrastructure for our subscribers in UAE. This is only the beginning of the next evolution of fixed wireless technologies and the immense possibilities of innovation for UAE residents and businesses," said Saeed Al Zarouni, Senior Vice President, Mobile Network, Etisalat.

How it works

Etisalat 5G FWA CPE (customer premise equipment) will be installed at the subscriber's residence to be connected wirelessly to the 5G towers broadcasting the wireless signal.

The customer connects a WiFi router to the 5G CPE to provide broadband services in a similar way done over fibre.

Etisalat set a major benchmark in the industry by becoming the first telco in MENA in May 2018 to launch the commercial 5G network providing fixed wireless service in the UAE.

This was followed by another major breakthrough by connecting and partnering with Expo 2020 as the first major commercial customer in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region to access 5G services.

In May 2019, Etisalat was the first telecom operator in MENA to enable its customers to experience the power of the 5G network and release the first 5G handset before many others.

Etisalat also became the first telco in MENA to provide indoor 5G coverage in selected buildings in the country.

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