Etisalat launches MENA region’s first standalone 5G network

etisalat by e& has announced the first commercial deployment of a 5G Stand-Alone (SA) network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for consumers and businesses.

The operator first launched its non-Standalone (NSA) network commercially in 2018. Now the operator is transitioning from using a 5G radio access network based on an existing 4G LTE network to a more advanced 5G network

Standalone 5G is a network architecture that operates independently of existing LTE networks, allowing for various improvements over non-standalone networks. e& says the new technology offers additional capacity and significantly lower latency, making it essential for innovative use cases such as Industry 4.0, industrial IoT, commercial augmented and virtual reality, and large-scale digital sensing.

“We are pleased to announce our successful investment in 5G Standalone technology. This is a significant milestone as we look to deliver end-to-end 5G solutions in UAE, providing our customers with the latest digital innovations and superior experience and laying the foundation for new revenue streams,” says Khalid Murshed, Chief Technology & Information Officer of Etisalat.

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