Over 100,000 people will have access to 5G once implemented
28 October 2019| Last updated on 28 October 2019
Heads up, JLT residents... Your Internet speed is about to get a lot quicker!
It has certainly been a hot topic here in the UAE in recent months, and now, 5G is set to become a reality for one of Dubai's largest communities.
5G, otherwise known as fifth-generation wireless, is the latest advancement in cellular network, which has been created to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks.
Plans for introducing the technology in the UAE have been widely discussed, and the first phase of implementation will see Jumeirah Lake Towers become the first Dubai community to benefit from having 5G.
According to Gulf News, Etisalat and Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) have confirmed that once installed, over 16,000 companies and 100,000 people will enjoy the network as they'll work and reside in the first smart-powered district in the emirate.
The announcement was made on Sunday October 27 by Etisalat and DMCC, with the new network expected to be rolled-out sometime this week.
So, if you live in JLT, expect an increase in your streaming and downloading speed this week!
But why JLT? Firstly, it's one of the most popular areas of Dubai for residents and tourists and is a bustling hub of restaurants, cafes, gyms, businesses, and salons. Plus, there are several residential (and commercial) buildings surrounding the man-made lakes, meaning there's going to be a lot of people who will be immediately impacted by the high-speed network.
That's not all, Etisalat also has plans to roll-out smart devices, services, and platforms that will improve efficiencies across public amenities, energy consumption, as well as building management. Imagine it now... Smart, connected street lighting and parking, and the ability to monitor noise pollution, air quality, environmental changes and monitor traffic.
Salvador Anglada, Group Chief Business Officer at Etisalat said that this "will transform the JLT community to become the first 5G powered smart district in the region, making it a more seamless, efficient and safe experience for its members, residents, and visitors.
“Both entities will work together to empower the community, reduce environmental footprint, provide smart solutions to improve infrastructure and transportation and deliver efficient public utilities,” he added.
What exactly is 5G?
5G is the fifth-generation of mobile internet connective and wireless, and it promises much faster data download and upload speed, greater coverage, and more stable connections. Basically, it will allow everything that smartphones do to be done faster and more seamlessly.
How does 5G work?
This new radio technology will only really be felt by residents once network operators invest in new masts and transmitters. Download speeds are expected to be up to 20 times faster once 5G is fully embraced worldwide.