Oppo and Etisalat to collaborate on bringing 5G to the UAE


Since as early as 2015, Oppo began working on the standardisation of 5G and has more than 1,000 patents related to 5G technology. It is working with the likes of Qualcomm on the 5G Pioneer initiative to bring 5G to devices as soon as possible.

Last month, OPPO also announced that its first 5G smartphone has successfully passed 5G CE tests conducted by Sporton International, making it compliant with EU requirements in areas such as wireless, electromagnetic compatibility, health and safety.

5G MENA 2019

This month, at the 5G MENA 2019 summit held in Dubai from April 7-9, 2019, Oppo announced its collaboration with Etisalat to bring a 5G connected future to the region as soon as possible. At the summit, Zhang Zhi, a 5G expert from Oppo, presented the company’s vision of being a 5G era pioneer.

“This year is the first of 5G commercialisation and is set to be a game-changer that revolutionises the smartphone industry”, adds Shi. “At Oppo, we have always focused on the user experience and know that today’s consumers expect their smartphone to leverage 5G to bring about more immersive, seamless and intuitive digital services.”

Commenting on the collaboration with Oppo, Khaled Elkhouly, Chief Consumer Officer at Etisalat, said, “We at Etisalat are excited to work closely with Oppo to test the compatibility of its 5G smartphones with our 5G network, ensuring that user experience reaches the level for commercial use. It is part of our commitment to build partnerships with world leading smartphone manufacturers and technology leaders, and enable our customers to enjoy the best-in-class performance and our 5G network that boasts of ultra-high speeds and low latency services.”

5G smartphones in the UAE

Considering Oppo already has more 5G smartphones in the works, the smartphone brand also announced a collaboration with Etisalat to test the compatibility of OPPO 5G smartphones with Etisalat’s 5G network to ensure that user experience reaches the level for commercial use. This is the first 5G smartphone test between carrier and smartphone in GCC region.

At the summit, Zhang Zhi highlighted OPPO’s belief that 5G will form the essential foundation for our future smart world. He added that 5G will enable realization of the Internet of Everything vision, and emphasise experience over everything else. 5G will further empower the development of “cognitive intelligence” and accelerate the evolution of the Artificial Intelligence of Things, or AIoT.

Oppo in the UAE

Oppo is consistently ranked among the top five smartphone brands in the world and in January opened its second regional hub within the UAE, making Dubai its new center for operations in the Middle East and Africa.