|24 November, 2019

Etisalat empowers #AbuDhabiGP to become first 5G F1® circuit in MENA  

The 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will run for five full days, from 28th November until 2nd December 2019. This incredible racing festival with an array of world-class on and off-track entertainment will welcome 60,000 visitors from more than 170 countries around the world.

Abu Dhabi: Etisalat today announced its partnership with Yas Marina Circuit to enable 5G connectivity at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2019, making it the first 5G powered international racing track in the MENA region.

The 11th edition of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will run for five full days, from 28th November until 2nd December 2019. This incredible racing festival with an array of world-class on and off-track entertainment will welcome 60,000 visitors from more than 170 countries around the world.

Yas Marina Circuit is considered one of the most technologically advanced Formula One circuits in the world and is the home for motorsports in the Middle East.

Etisalat aims to provide customers with a 5G unique experience riding on blazing speeds of more than 1Gbps and faster response time with latency less than 1 millisecond. At 20 times faster than 4G and with ultra-low latency, 5G technology allows users to stream live 4K resolution video, with virtually no lag.

Today’s announcement yet again proves Etisalat’s technology prowess and widespread availability of the 5G network and services in the country.

With 5G technology, consumers will enjoy uninterrupted 4K & HD videos, AR/VR services, cloud gaming from anywhere in UAE and instant wearable technologies connectivity.

This breakthrough achievement is a result of Etisalat’s strategic approach and continuous efforts in building and investing in the network to enable connectivity, innovation and bring digital transformation.

The ‘Formula 1’ announcement follows Etisalat major global milestones achieved in 5G network this year.

Etisalat embarked on its 5G journey in 2014 when it started constructing its network with a dedicated team of engineers and specialists dedicated to build advanced infrastructure supporting future technology requirements in the region.

The major milestone for Etisalat and the telecom industry was the launch of the first ‎‎commercial 5G wireless network on 14th May 2018 in the UAE becoming the first telecom operator in the MENA region to achieve this technological breakthrough and set an industry benchmark.‎‏‎ 

Expo 2020 was also the first major commercial customer in MEASA to partner with Etisalat on 5G in July 2018 delivering a unique and memorable experience for the millions of visitors.‎‏

Through its network rollout and the pioneering launch of the first 5G handset in the MENA, Etisalat managed to provide UAE customers with an opportunity to experience the power of 5G technology.

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Press release issued by Corporate Communication Department – Etisalat
For further media information:
Nancy Sudheer,
Corporate Communications – Etisalat 
Email nsudheer@etisalat.ae 

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