|26 February, 2020

du announces deployment of the first Live millimetre Wave 5G site at Yas Island

Site will increase coverage and provide the region's highest ultra-high mobile broadband 5G services

du announces deployment of the first Live millimetre Wave 5G site at Yas Island

Dubai, UAE:  As part of its commitment to support the UAE’s digital transformation, UAE-based telecommunications provider du, from the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has successfully deployed the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) first millimeter (mm) Wave site at the du arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, which will provide the region’s highest ultra-high mobile broadband 5G services, increase coverage, and accelerate the pace of widespread 5G usage in the country.

The first mm Wave site will help provide ultra-high mobile broadband speeds of up to 2.1 Gbps using 26GHz frequency. du is still working on reaching new breakthroughs of even higher user throughputs by deploying more bandwidths on mm wave to exceed 4Gbps speed.

Saleem AlBlooshi, Chief Technology Officer, EITC, said: “du continues to deliver pioneering solutions that enhance best in-class infrastructure and contribute to the government’s digital transformation agenda. By actively driving the latest innovative technologies and solutions, transformation achieved as a result will boost performance and increases industry standards. The mm Wave frequencies will greatly improve network capacity and allow du to deliver enhanced services to an unprecedented number of mobile users. Furthermore, they will provide cost-effective 5G coverage in high-traffic areas. 5G device sales that support the mm Wave are continually rising and we anticipate higher market availability and wider adoption in the near future.”

The move aligns with the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s (TRA) announcement on 13th of February that the UAE will become the first country in the Middle East to use higher 5G frequency in 2020, and the transition will ultimately contribute towards the country’s goals in relation to global competitiveness, ICT infrastructure readiness, and becoming the global leader in online government services.


About du

Operating under the steadfast umbrella of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), du is an integral driver of the UAE’s economic, social and digital transformation. Thriving on digitally innovating all facets of the contemporary telecom experience, we touch the lives of millions of customers everyday as a dedicated enabler of connectivity, continuity and growth across consumer and enterprise segments. Whether delivering state-of-the-art Smart City infrastructure, bespoke enterprise ICT solutions, government communications, secure data solutions, or the very best in home entertainment and value, we are a reliable telco and ICT player shaping the future of communication for a more connected tomorrow.


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