5G Trials Set for Qatar World Cup

Qatar World Cup stadium

The general manager of a Middle-Eastern advisory group has told Inside5G that there will be 5G trial networks for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

Jawad Abbassi, of Arab Advisors Group, gave an insight to the potential 5G landscape in the region. ‘The usual suspects who have been pioneers in implementing 4G will probably also use 5G when it’s available’, he said.

“Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and possibly Kuwait, will be the ones who will have 5G”

‘So I would say countries like Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and possibly Kuwait, will be the ones who will have 5G when it’s immediately available’, he predicted.

Considering the widely-used industry timescale of 2020 as the year of commercial deployment, Abbassi expects the “pioneer” countries to have the technology by 2021, which is a year before the World Cup takes centre stage.

“there will certainly be some trial networks around the World Cup opening”

‘If 5G is available then I would say for sure that there will certainly be some trial networks around the World Cup opening’, he claimed.

‘All these countries have virtually all-government operators, although with Saudi Arabia it’s also a very competitive market, and also there is massive demand for mobile broadband’, he went on to say. ‘All the ingredients for early adoption of the newest technology is there’.

In terms of the current situation, Abbassi argues that there has been ‘very good uptake by consumers’ in terms of 4G, with many countries having already deployed this technology, especially in down-town and congested areas.

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