Expanding 5G will ‘drive digital-led economic growth’

Number of 5G users has exceeded two million in just 19 months, twice as fast as 4G


Telecommunications leaders and experts from around the world recently gathered at the Samena Telecommunication Council Leaders’ Summit 2021 to review plans for putting today’s digital-led economy back on track.
They stressed that Expanding 5G will drive digital-led economic growth across the region.
In his speech, Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority Director General, said: “We have agreed in previous conferences that we are living in the ICT age and emphasised its significance in supporting and driving development in various spheres, including health and safety. This has been confirmed by the events of last year, and thanks to the significant progress in the ICT sector, today we can innovate, adapt and continue our lives with equal efficiency. Thanks to ICT, a school year was safely finished, and we continued our government work without interruption, and millions of people were able to fulfil their needs through digital commerce platforms."
He added: “Since the ICT sector is the key driver of all digital transformation strategies including the digital government, our wise leadership entrusted us with the task of the UAE digital government, and bestowed us a new name — the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority. We see that change as a responsibility that cannot be disregarded, as we began preparing our future strategies and operational plans, which put us at the heart of building for the next 50 years. As you know, UAE is preparing today to embark on a new journey into the next 50 years toward the 2071 Centennial Vision, which is based on innovation and digital transformation for the happiness and wellbeing of every person living in this generous country."
Held virtually due to social-distancing requirements, the summit was organised by the Samena Telecommunications Council, and hosted by Huawei for the eighth consecutive year. Held under the theme of ‘Championing Digital Economic Growth from Policy to Reality’, attendees exchanged insights about current technology, industrial, and economic development opportunities.
During the summit, Huawei emphasised the strategic importance of the region’s digital transformation, and that there are significant opportunities to enable more aggressive digitalisation of all sectors and industries in support of national development visions and targets.
Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, said: “As we enter the post-pandemic era, the economic recovery of the Middle East is the major target of today. At the same time, ICT is now recognised as the new engine of recovery and development, and together with our customers and partners will light up the future of the Middle East through technology innovations.”
“In particular, 5G is now a key enabler of the region’s digital economy. The technology is already playing a vital role for consumer and industrial markets proving its business and social value for the future digital economic growth in the Middle East. The number of 5G users has exceeded two million in just 19 months, twice as fast as 4G,” Yang added. “Many new smart cities have started to emerge in the Middle East, such as NEOM in Saudi Arabia. Such developments, alongside mega-events such as Expo 2020 and the FIFA World Cup 2022, will benefit greatly from investments in digital infrastructure like 5G. Growth-oriented, future-looking 5G policies, including the sustainable spectrum, fiber-to-site strategies, must be in place to drive investment and enable digital economic growth.”
A speaker at the summit, Anjian, President of Huawei Carrier Networks Business Group in the Middle East, also specified the importance of 5G experience benchmark. In GCC, 5G commercialisation is moving fast. Although 5G has been deployed on a large scale, there are many opportunities to enhance user experience with better speed and less latency, especially for gaming and video users. This requires us to build a unified benchmark to evaluate comprehensive 5G experience, enabling operators to better focus on user experience, make precise investments, and improve overall ROI.
To that end, Huawei proposed the S.L.A (Speed, Latency and Availability) 5G experience benchmark model, this includes three main indices, Speed, Latency and Availability, which considers factors such as 5G spectrum bandwidth, download rate, E2E (End to End) delay, and coverage to evaluate 5G user experience. Operators can identify the experience problems and gaps based on the model, then make precise investments and improve the 5G user experience.
The Samena Telecommunication Council Leaders’ Summit comes at a time when the intrinsic value of 5G and other allied digital technologies are being assessed against the social and business values they create. During the pandemic, for example, it has been estimated that 88% of global organisations now encourage telecommuting and video conferencing, and more than 40% of Fortune 500 companies now promote online learning channels within their companies. Many industries such as shipping ports, coal mining, oil & gas have expressed greater needs for digital transformation. This demonstrates the importance and necessity of industry digital transformation not only for commercial reasons but also for health and safety and sustainability. Enhanced ICT infrastructure is the cornerstone to meet the digital needs of individuals, households, industries, and for digital economic growth. -- Tradearabia News Service

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