The UAE has set another benchmark for the early adoption of advanced new technology, with Expo 2020 Dubai becoming the first major commercial customer in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region to access 5G services, through its partnership with Etisalat.
The leading UAE telecom provider connected Expo 2020 Dubai to its 5G network, making the site of the next World Expo the first commercial location in the MEASA region to experience 5G. The milestone reinforces the reputation of both UAE and Dubai as leaders in innovation and infrastructure.
At around 20 times faster than 4G and with ultra-low latency, 5G technology will enable users to stream live 4K resolution video anywhere at any time, with virtually no lag.
Etisalat's network will provide the most advanced digital and telecom services to Expo 2020 Dubai and its millions of visitors, supporting an expected 300,000 users on peak days.
It will be a key component of the Expo 2020 'smart site', that will deliver a unique and memorable experience for the millions of visitors and 200 participants, while also enabling business and raising public awareness of sustainability.
Telecom Review was in attendance at the media roundtable which was chaired by Jon Bramley, Interim Vice President of Communications at EXPO 2020. The briefing and 5G demo was held onsite at EXPO 2020 which is still under significant construction. Those in attendance at the media debrief heard how Expo 2020 Dubai will become the first major commercial 5G customer in MEASA through its partnership with Etisalat.
Etisalat's 5G network will provide state-of-the-art services to Expo's millions of visitors and its cutting-edge 5G technology will be a key component of the Expo 2020 Dubai 'smart site'. This incredible milestone only serves to enhance and further affirm the reputations of the UAE and Dubai as being leaders in innovation and state-of-the-art infrastructure.
Mohammed Alhashmi, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Future Technology at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: "Becoming the first major 5G commercial customer in the MEASA region is a major milestone for UAE and Dubai, and supports Expo 2020's goal to be one of the most connected places on Earth, both physically and virtually.
"At Expo 2020 we plan to optimize every visitor's experience by digitally connecting them with their surrounding environment and enriching their interactions throughout the Expo journey. Etisalat's 5G network will play a significant role in supporting this overall goal and providing a seamless digital experience to all visitors."
Today's milestone announcement further supports and enhances the reputations of both the UAE and Dubai as leaders in innovation, infrastructure and development.
The introduction of the new technology takes forward the 'Smart Dubai' vision of a digital and interconnected city and provides further impetus to its aspirations to be the world's smartest city.
Through its 'Smart Dubai' initiative, Dubai aims to empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful experience for residents and visitors. Expo 2020, and the experience it delivers through collaboration with partners including Etisalat, will play an important role in contributing to this.
Saeed Al Zarouni, Senior Vice President, Mobile Network at Etisalat, said: "Today's announcement is significant, with Etisalat setting a global benchmark that supports UAE's 2021 Vision, which identifies digital technology as one of the top seven primary national sectors.
"Our ability to provide 5G services to Expo 2020 is only possible due to our commitment to invest in line with our strategy to 'Drive the Digital future to empower the society' with solutions and services that are at the forefront of the digital journey."
International standardisation of 5G parameters is expected to be announced later this year. 5G is anticipated to support advancements in applications such as networking vehicles, including autonomous driving, the Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial automation.
As Expo 2020 Dubai's Official Telecommunications Partner and Official Digital Services Partner, Etisalat's 5G network will help attract top tier companies to District 2020, the mixed purpose development that will carry on Expo 2020's legacy as a place to connect, create and innovate.
5G connectivity will enhance District 2020's plans to be one of the most connected and tech-enabled destinations for working, living and relaxing.
Expo 2020 will run from 20 October, 2020 to 10 April, 2021 and expects to attract 25 million visits. About 70 per cent of visitors are expected to come from outside the UAE, the largest proportion in the 167-year history of World Expos.