Ooredoo has announced that the company is the first operator in the world to launch a live 5G network on the 3.5 GHz spectrum band.
The breakthrough announcement was made in an event attended by Ooredoo senior management at the Ooredoo Tower in West Bay. Attendees were also briefed on the first Ooredoo 5G site which was accomplished just days after Ooredoo's new 5G Commercial Core Network was activated.
Ooredoo's 5G network is the first commercially available 5G network in the world and is an important technological breakthrough for the telecommunications industry worldwide.
Speaking at the event, Waleed Al Sayed, CEO, Ooredoo Qatar, said, "Today, Ooredoo and Qatar make history. We are the first company in the world to offer access to 5G technology and services, and the people of Qatar are the first to have access to the incredible benefits this technological upgrade will bring. We dedicate this important milestone to the people of Qatar and to our beloved leaders, who have encouraged this step in building the knowledge-based economy of Qatar."
The first stage of Ooredoo's 5G Supernet deployment will cover an area from The Pearl Qatar to Hamad International Airport, with Lagoona, Katara Cultural Village, West Bay, the Corniche and Souq Waqif also included in the initial commercial launch coverage area.
The Ooredoo 5G service offers the latest network technology (5G NR) meaning much higher speeds, capacity and better latency, than existing cellular systems. The new network will bring advantages over the previous generations of cellular technology and will enable business and consumer customers to unlock more of their potential and explore opportunities that were simply not possible before 5G.