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Infra development in telco Etisalat's $1bn expansion plan for 2019

UAE giant's network expansion strategy includes infrastructure development and 5G, mobile, and fibre optic networks

The UAE's Etisalat will expand its network in 2019.
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The UAE's Etisalat will expand its network in 2019.

UAE telecommunications giant Etisalat has revealed plans to develop infrastructure as part of its $1bn (AED4bn) network upgrade strategy for 2019 as 5G connectivity gains traction around the world, the company's senior vice president of corporation communication, Dr Ahmed bin Ali, said. 

On the side-lines of the Barcelona Unboxed technology roadshow held at Eitsalat's headquarters in abu Dhabi earlier this week, Ali said: "The upgrade will cover the company's mobile phone and fibre optic networks, along with infrastructure development [and] Etisalat's G5 network.

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"Etisalat embarked on its 5G journey in 2014 and last year, the first commercial 5G wireless network in the UAE was launched with speeds as much as 20 times faster than 4G."

The upgrade plan comes as Etisalat – the Mena region's first operator to launch 5G devices for consumers and to provide 5G coverage inside an international airport – ramps up 5G connectivity services in the UAE, state news agency, Wam, reported.

Abu Dhabi aviation project Midfield Terminal Building will be powered by Etisalat’s 5G network, making it the Mena region’s first airport terminal to use the technology.

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