KHALEEJ TIMES, Thursday, May 30, 2019 | Ramadan 25, 1440
Kuwait to become first Gulf country to launch 5G mobile service
Chairman and CEO of the Communication and Information Technology
Regulatory Authority (CITRA) Salem Al Othaina has announced the completion of
the pilot operation of the fifth-generation networks of telecommunication
companies, in coordination with the Authority, and therefore announces the
readiness of launching the fifth generation commercially by mid-June.
"This service comes in line with the Authority's efforts to develop the
telecommunications sector in Kuwait to keep abreast of the modern technological
development of telecommunications," Al Othaina said in a press statement on
It also comes in line with the recommendations of the International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) and international organizations specialized in the
development of technical standards and recommendations for this technology,
which have been adopted for more than two years, as well as in coordination with
telecommunications companies operating the mobile telecommunications service in
the country and allow them to conduct experiments on this technology, he added.
Al Othaina has confirmed that the initiation and activation of this service
comes in line with his previous announcement on that the organization of the
radio frequency bands for the service 3.5 GHz band in Kuwait, allowing the
telecommunication companies to perform experiments on their networks for the
launch of the fifth-generation service.
This will make Kuwait one of the first countries in the world to organize and
operate this new technology that will return in benefit to the telecommunication
service, the CITRA chief noted.
The application of this service will be a great leap for the telecommunications
world where speed of internet connection will reach great lengths, enabling a
large range of data to be unlimitedly grasped to support the Internet of Things
(IOT), Artificial intelligence (AI) and smart cities, which will be an added
value to the industrial, commercial and financial sectors as well as
individuals, he concluded.