1GB is 0.5 seconds? That’s du’s new Wi-Fi proposal

UAE telecoms operator du has partnered with Qualcomm Technologies (best known for its Snapdragon processor) to showcase the new 802.11ad multi-gigabit Wi-Fi technology (also known as WiGig) in a first for the Middle East.

The demonstration took place during Gitex Technology Week in Dubai and showed that the new technology delivers peak speeds of up to 4.6GB per second, lower latency and improved network capacity. It utilises a millimetre-wave spectrum (mmWave) at 60GHz, and the 802.11ad will serve as the base technology for 5G connectivity in the near future.

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du was selected as the partner for this new Wi-Fi technology in Dubai. It has recently launched Wi-Fi UAE, which features 300 plus hotspots. The 802.11ad will be a crucial addition to the operator’s burgeoning technology portfolio, providing a step-up in Wi-Fi capacity and addressing the ever-increasing demand for data while offering enhanced user experiences. Together with 5G technologies, 802.11ad will enable du to provide multi-gigabit wireless connectivity across its networks.

The 802.11ad technology is designed to enable a new class of applications and services such as wire-equivalent docking, low-latency video streaming, multimedia kiosks, and untethered VR glasses in offices, homes and public venues.

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“As proud partners of the Smart Dubai Platform, it is up to us to ensure that our networks are well-equipped to handle the growing traffic as we begin to venture into a future where the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G is a norm,” says Saleem Al Booshi, Executive Vice-President of Network Development and Operations at du. “Working with Qualcomm Technologies has enabled us to introduce yet another first in the Middle East, with the successful testing of 802.11ad technology. We are currently working with other companies to add this technology to our Wi-Fi portfolio and make it available for all users in UAE.”

He also thanked His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for establishing the country as an regional innovator in technology.

“We are proud to have worked with du to successfully showcase 802.11ad technology in the Middle East as the introduction of the technology in the region will not only substantially enhance Wi-Fi user experiences but also pave the way for 5G development in the region,” says Rahul Patel, Senior Vice-President and General Manager ofConnectivity at Qualcomm Technologies.