Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 | Rajab 20, 1440
Bahrain sees commercial 5G services launch by June
Bahrain said on Tuesday that it hopes to provide commercial 5G services
by June, pending availability of consumer handsets and equipment.
The Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications, Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed,
has announced that preparations for the rollout of 5G networks in the kingdom
All of the regulatory hurdles to full 5G implementation have been resolved, with
the licensing and spectrum allocation set to be finalised by mid-April by the
Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), he said.
He added that mobile operators in the kingdom have already begun rolling out the
necessary network infrastructure.
“Our leadership in 5G reflects Bahrain’s appetite for innovation and sends a
signal to the world that we can be a test-bed for some of the most
transformative technologies. There were a lot of hurdles along the way –
ensuring spectrum availability as soon as possible was a big challenge, but
overcoming these obstacles exemplifies the support and cooperation amongst all
stakeholders in Bahrain and demonstrates how Bahrain can move quickly, deliver
enormous progress against an accelerated timeframe, and be a partner to
technology leaders,” said the minister.
Successful commercial trials for 5G technology in Bahrain were held in June
One major benefit of 5G technology is enabling higher volume of data
transmission at higher speeds, while potentially supporting interactive
technologies like virtual reality and helping enable the growth of improved
video streaming and high-end gaming.