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State-Of-The-Art Robotics Test Demonstrates Speed and Performance of Ooredoo Supernet – and Demonstrates Future for Internet of Things in Qatar

Ooredoo and Nokia Demonstrate 5G Potential for Qatar

14 / 12 / 2016
Doha, Qatar
Ooredoo and Nokia have showcased the potential of 5G services on the Ooredoo Supernet with a live demonstration of 5G-enabled robotics at Ooredoo’s HQ1 headquarters in Doha for Qatar National Day. 
Present at the demonstration were His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla Bin Mohammed Bin Saud Al Thani, Chairman of Ooredoo Group; Waleed Mohamed Ebrahim Al-Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar; and Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar. 
The demonstration recorded the advanced performance of 5G on the Ooredoo Supernet by programming three industrial robots to complete the simple task of balancing a ball on a platform and connecting them via 5G.
The robots took just a fraction of the second to find a balance point, significantly faster and more smoothly than when they used a 4G network. 
Most importantly, as a result of the 5G network’s low latency and high-speeds, the robots were able to communicate with each other in real-time to complete the task. 
Waleed Mohammed Ebrahim Al-Sayed, Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Qatar, said: “We congratulate HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, HH Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and HH Deputy Emir Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani on Qatar National Day and we pledge to continue developing new services and solutions for the people of Qatar.” 
“For Qatar National Day, we wanted to celebrate the achievements of Qatar’s founders and also look forward to the future, at the new accomplishments that the people of Qatar will realise. This demonstration shows not only the speed and latency of 5G networks, but also the types of solutions and technology that will become available in Qatar as we become a truly ‘smart nation’,” he added. 
The demonstration used 400 MHz bandwidth in the 4.5 GHZ frequency and Multiple Input Multiple Output (8x8 MIMO) technology, supported by eight receiving antennas and eight transmitting antennas to improve network speed and capacity.
Ricardo Silva, head of Mobile Networks Product Portfolio Sales, MEA, Nokia, said: “Today’s demonstration showed the technology leadership aspirations of Ooredoo Qatar in the region. Ooredoo has ambitious plans for smart cities and IoT based on 5G technology, and we are ready to support them with our latest multi-standard 5G-ready Nokia AirScale radio as well as our smart city and IoT solutions.”
The successful trial provided an example of the role that 5G will play in building a knowledge-based economy for Qatar, enabling significant automation and supporting the deployment of enhanced Internet of Things solutions. 
Applications being studied by Ooredoo included augmented reality, virtual reality, e-education, e-health, industrial applications, machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and ‘smart city’ technology. 
Customers can see the 5G test on Ooredoo’s website, social media pages and at Ooredoo Shops across the country on Qatar National Day, which will screen a special video of the demonstration. 
The video also shows the possible future speeds for customers, with Ooredoo and Nokia’s 5G technology delivering extreme broadband speeds of 10 Gbps and reduced latency of just one millisecond. 
This is the latest in a host of Supernet breakthroughs for Ooredoo in 2017, as the company continues to invest in ensuring the best data and network experience for their customers.