Du is seeing a slower shift of consumers from 4G to 5G compared to 3G to 4G



Despite the introduction of the fifth generation of 5G mobile phone technology in the UAE, Dubai-based telecommunications operator you see a slower shift of consumers from 4G to 5G compared to 3G at 4G.

Saleem Al Blooshi, Chief Technology Officer at EITC, du's parent company Trustedreviews Middle East that they will create supply (infrastructure) this year and demand will start next year.

"Currently, at 5 G, we cover 8% of the UAE population and 15% by the end of the year. We expect to cover 100% of the UAE over the next three years. We expect that 5G smartphones will overtake 4G by 2022, "he said.

He said, however, that there are some challenges with the introduction of 5G, such as the availability of space in the towers and the power consumption of 5G, as it is very energy intensive at this time.

"5G needs four times the power of 4G. The biggest challenge, however, is the availability of handsets. We created the offer, but there is no demand for 5G, "he said.

When launching 4G, he stated that the end user made a request for the video application. "When a consumer switched from 3G to 4G, the experience was 180 degrees different. From 4G to 5G, there are no use cases that require the 5G infrastructure. The potential uses of 5G are augmented reality, VR and video streaming, which require high bandwidth, "he said.

No business models

Technically, Al Blooshi said that all components are available for 5G, but there are no business models.

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"There is no clarity in the business model. Will operators provide the AR and VR content, or become the technology providers or content providers, "he said.

However, Al Blooshi said that she is in talks with various content providers in the country.

"2020 will be the year when there is a demand for 5G. Due to the acceleration of demand, the expansion of infrastructure will also be accelerated. By the end of the year, there will be 800 base stations for 5G, which are expected to more than double by the end of next year, "he said.

Samsung will launch its 5G handset later this month.

According to Al Blooshi, the demand for 5G mobile phones from Huawei, Oppo and ZTE is not so high and has already begun to roll out its 5G router to accelerate its fixed line services where fiber is not available but demand is not is high as with fiber The optical cable always runs over the UAE.

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