Vodafone is not far behind its rival Ooredoo in deploying 5G services in Qatar, with the expectation they’ll launch before the end of the year.

Last month, Telecoms reported Ooredoo launched its first 5G home broadband device following the Qatar-based operator’s launch of the world’s first commercial 5G network in May.

At the time, Waleed Al Sayed, CEO of Ooredoo Qatar, said:

“Ooredoo is ecstatic to announce that last night, we became the first in the world to have a live commercial 5G home broadband device.

This is another amazing world-first milestone for Ooredoo and Qatar and demonstrates that we are on track to offering 5G mega speeds for everyone in the very near future.”

Not wanting to be left behind, Vodafone Qatar Chief Technology Officer Ramy Boctor told QNA the company is concentrating on providing world-class telecommunication and digital services in Qatar and is building a ‘world-class’ network.

Boctor went on to reveal the operator will begin providing 5G services by the end of the year and it will be operational as soon as devices which support it are available in the Qatari market.

Speaking on the benefits consumers should expect from the 5G network, Boctor said: “They will be able to download a full HD-quality film in just a few seconds, enjoy live streaming without any interruption or delay, and the download speed will be faster than ever.”

Ooredoo’s existing 5G home broadband service offers speeds up to 2Gbps, over 20 times as fast as the company’s fibre broadband solution, and with high throughput and low latency. The operator is now exploring IoT applications on its 5G network including smart cars, VR, AR, and drones.

“We are the first company in the world to offer access to 5G technology and services,” says Al Sayed. “The people of Qatar are the first to have access to the incredible benefits this technological upgrade will bring.”

“The 5G Supernet will be the infrastructural backbone of Qatar as our nation pushes to offer the latest smart applications in-line with Qatar National Vision 2030.”

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