Batelco and Ericsson are conducting their first 5G generation experience in Bahrain




Batelco , the leading provider of digital communications in Bahrain, has announced that it has joined forces with Ericsson , the world’s leading telecommunications technology company, to conduct its first successful operation of the 5G generation network in Bahrain at Batelco’s headquarters in Hamala. Minister of Communications and Communications, Batelco Chairman Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive Officer of eGovernment Authority Mohammad Al Qaed, Batelco Board Members, Executive Management, Batelco and Ericsson officials.

The aim of this trial is to stimulate innovation for the Internet applications of things on the fifth generation mobile network technology based on the requirements of the market in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This experience has demonstrated the potential of the fifth-generation technology in a real environment and on a live network, which included speed tests, waiting times and routing beams, to a standard speed of 25 Gbps.

The 5G experimental system also showed significant improvement in performance compared to existing 4G networks. This experiment is in line with Bahrain’s Vision 2030 launched by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to create a clear direction towards the continuous development of the Kingdom’s economy, along with its primary objective of building a better life for every Bahraini.

“This experience demonstrates our commitment to providing the best in telecommunications and digital solutions, and providing the Kingdom with the basic support to move towards a future networked society,” said Batelco Chief Executive Officer Mona Al Hashemi.

The trial was conducted on the sidelines of Batelco and Ericsson 5G. The forum addressed many of the discussions that enabled Ericsson to introduce the latest technological trends, and helped Batelco to experiment with these technologies through presentations on the 5G network, Internet stuff, the most important uses in the sector, digital and cloud transformation, and more.

“The success of today’s experience underscores Batelco’s readiness to launch the fifth generation 5G network in the near future,” said Rafia Ibrahim, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa. It is also a new achievement in our record of important achievements in the regional market to date. I am confident that we will continue to work with our customers to provide a high-performance, interconnected network in Bahrain, demonstrating our commitment to Bahrain’s Vision 2030. ”

According to Ericsson’s report “Business Potential for Fifth Generation Technology,” the fifth-generation technology can provide an opportunity to generate revenues of US $ 600 million for operators of the fifth generation network in Bahrain. For consumers, this technology will bring new applications such as enhanced reality and 4K high-definition video, while some sectors can take advantage of Internet objects such as smart transport and tele-healthcare.

Batelco and Ericsson signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at GITEX 2016 in Dubai to stimulate innovation and early applications of the Internet for things on fifth-generation mobile networks based on market demands in Bahrain.


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