Qatar makes region’s first 5G phone call
Vodafone Qatar on Saturday made the region’s first local and international live mobile calls via a 5G handset powered by its GigaNet 5G network. This follows the region’s first live holographic call using 5G technology made by the company at its annual Innovation Day.
Qatar's Minister of Transport and Communications HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti first called Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Houlin Zhao, in the presence of Communications Regulatory Authority President Mohamed Ali al Mannai and Vodafone Qatar’s senior executives.
Sulaiti made the live call to Zhao in Geneva from the National Museum of Qatar, giving the Secretary General of the ITU a taste of Qatar’s iconic new structure. Together, they discussed the latest developments in 5G technologies and key priorities for supporting its roll out world-wide.
Watch H.E. Jassim bin Saif Al-Sulaiti first local and international live mobile calls with @ITUSecGen using a 5G handset powered by our 5G network#TheFutureIsExciting #GigaNet pic.twitter.com/c7QmfEFxSh— Vodafone Qatar (@VodafoneQatar) April 13, 2019
Sulaiti followed this by making a live 5G local call from the Museum to Vodafone Qatar’s executives located in Katara Cultural Village, a location where Vodafone’s 5G network has been live since December last year and featured heavily in the country’s National Day celebrations.
The calls mark the latest milestone in Vodafone Qatar’s rapidly expanding 5G roll out plans since switching on its 5G network in August last year and receiving the spectrum license to operate 5G commercially from the Communications Regulatory Authority in January this year
The business has rapidly deployed 5G at dozens of sites in strategic locations around the country including Al Waab, Abu Hamour, Al Azizya, Al Mamoura, Al Rayyan, Salwa Road, Souq Waqif and Umm Salal Muhammed.
5G technology is much-anticipated and promises enormous advantages for consumers including ultra-fast speeds, low latency – the time taken to connect two devices – and more reliable network performance to give users a real-time, uninterrupted experience.
5G has been described as the dawn of a new and exciting digital life and a new way to experience the Internet. It’s faster, seamless, intelligent and will connect everyone and everything instantly. In doing so, 5G will unlock human potential and power breakthroughs for business that will fundamentally change the way we live and work.
Offering network speeds faster than the blink of an eye, users will be able to stream a major sporting event with no delay and download a full HD film in seconds. In addition, 5G supports a huge increase in traffic capacity and network efficiency. Users will be able to seamlessly stream content on busy networks like in stadiums or stations with almost zero wait time.
Perhaps most exciting of all, 5G offers the ‘real time’ connectivity to power ‘smart devices’ of all kinds. This will enable innovations such as driverless cars that interact with traffic systems and connected homes that effortlessly control climate and energy.
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