5G is expected to reach 30 million subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) by the end of 2024, representing 2% of total mobile subscriptions. In a growing economy, 5G is causing excitement as younger generation favour wireless devices, remote services and high speed connections.
Compared with its predecessor, 4G - 5G is leaps and bounds ahead. It’s between 10 and 20 times faster and changes between tasks with ease. With IoT (Internet of Things) having an increasing influence over our personal and professional connectivity, 5G promises to support the increasing demand for fast information and quick downloads.
In 2019, Ericsson will start the commercial roll out of 5G in the Middle East, starting with operators in advanced markets such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The advent of 5G is expected to contribute billions to economies around the region. Although a few markets in the Middle East have very high rates of fixed household broadband penetration, the rate for the Middle East as whole was 46.7% at end-2017, lower than in many other major world regions.
5G will massively impact speeds and connectivity across both the domestic and industrial markets - allowing businesses to be better connected than ever before.
Technologies that were previously struggling across the region, such as cloud-based software and IoT, will receive a new lease of life. There is also much excitement for the world of gaming, e-sport and data storage. Due its low cost, 5G could have a huge positive impact on start-up culture, as well as opening up the floor to more remote working.
Chief Technology Officer at telecoms giant, Etisalat described the introduction of hyper-connectivity as a powerful combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He also predicted that 5G will have a significant and profound change on individuals, industries, society and the economy, transforming how we live and work.