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UAE’s Etisalat says first to provide 5G at International Airport


Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat has become the first mobile operator in the Middle East and North Africa to provide 5G coverage inside an international airport.

The Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), Abu Dhabi’s new international airport, will become the first airport terminal in the region to benefit from ultra-high speed connectivity.

The deployment is based on C-Band, a first-of-its-kind in 5G digital indoor technology delivering gigabit per second download speeds, Etisalat said in a statement.

This achievement has been enabled by efficient collaboration and co-ordination between Etisalat and Abu Dhabi Airports to deliver the 5G network at the MTB before its official opening, it added.

Saeed Al Zarouni, senior vice president, Mobile Network, Etisalat, said: “We are very glad to activate 5G in Abu Dhabi’s new international airport… Etisalat is working closely with smartphone brands to launch their devices on our 5G network as well as in the MENA region.”

Bryan Thompson, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, added: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Etisalat to incorporate state-of-the-art 5G connectivity at our Midfield Terminal Building. We value our customers first and foremost, and access to fast cellular service is a crucial factor that makes a big difference for travelers from around the world.”

Etisalat said it is aggressively expanding its 5G footprint in the country with the installation of 1,000 mobile sites underway by the end of 2019.

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