UAE extends new frequencies to support 5G rollout

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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The UAE telecom operators can now expand their 5G services as the region’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) availed a new frequency band to the service. 

This is in line with the decisions of the World Radio Communications Conference 2019 (WRC-19), a key step in the transition to 5G to allow countries to implement frequency bands to get updated services.

For the full implementation of 5G, the UAE has taken several steps towards it. For the development of the 5G networks, frequencies in the millimeter band range 24.25 to 27.5 GHz have been released.

According to the availability of the equipment, the band will be allotted in two phases. The first phase will begin this month, which will allow band operators a frequency of 26.5 to 27.5 GHz. And, in 2021, the second phase will be conducted by providing 1 GHz to the operators in the 25.5-27.5 GHz range.

The new 1GHz bandwidth will enable operators to develop and improve wireless broadband services, which is more effective while compared to the 4G services.

It also offers other additional features such as a higher data transfer rate per second and increased communication capacity per square kilometer while ensuring the quality and efficiency in performance when compared to the previous generation.

“This decision comes in line with the UAE Strategy for 5G and beyond (2020-2025), as the provision of the frequency spectrum for 5G contributes to building a high-standard global communication platform and enabling the UAE to use and apply the latest ICT, to provide global standards services, achieve long-term social and economic benefits in various areas such as manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, and education”, commented Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director-general, TRA, regarding the new decision.

Besides, the initiative is the result of more than 4 years of international coordination and technical studies, highlighting the importance of international coordination and unity in providing access to this important part of the spectrum, he added.