Etisalat Becomes the First Telco to Launch 5G in the Middle East

Etisalat, a middle eastern telco and owner of Ufone in Pakistan, has just launched the next generation of Mobile internet. The company just launched the 5G network for its users, enabling data speeds unlike anything available before.

This makes UAE the first market to get their hands on the revolutionary technology in the middle east. Cities in the UAE with 5G coverage include Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dabhi, Al Ain, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah for now. Coverage will, of course, expand further to more regions of the country in the future.

What Does 5G Bring?

5G is the 5th generation of wireless mobile internet. It is significantly faster than 4G, allowing a theoretical download speed of up to 10,000 Mbps with latency as low as 1ms. You can stream ultra HD videos anytime and lower latency means multiplayer online gaming will become smoother.

With 5G, there will be no network congestion and no service degradation even in densely populated areas. You will also be able to experience futuristic services like smart metering, autonomous cars, eHealth services and much more, which were never possible on previous technologies.

Here’s what a speed test on 5G looks like


  • We need new data caps before 5G can be brought to Pakistan. With current data caps it’ll take seconds to blow through one’s monthly data cap. BBC tried a live broadcast using 5G. They could only broadcast for seconds before they ran out of their data limit and the live broadcast was cut off.

    • 5G isn’t supposed to be downloading huge files. You can use for other purposes like playing games at extremely low latency, it means no lags.

      Moreover, you can use Teamviewer, Whatsapp video call, RDP, and other things without any trouble.

      • It’s not even about downloading huge files. It’s about the fact that one rogue data-hungry app could total your monthly data in seconds before you can have a chance to stop it. For example: YouTube switches quality automatically and there’s no option to fix video quality in the official app. On 5G it would automatically go 4k or even 8k on supported videos if you forget to manually switch quality at the start of every video, and there goes your data. I even have that problem with my 4G, it automatically switches to 1080p when I forget to switch quality.

        • Download Youtube vanced app. Go into settings and select default video quality option to your preferred value.

          • Mery Khyal se Youtube Vanced ka unko pehly se pta hoga. Lakin woh Youtube ka naam for example le rahy hain.

            Muft ka mashwara kool rakhoo. Aur point ko amjhu.

    • Late 2020 or 2021 at the very earliest. Even when it does launch its coverage won’t be nearly as ubiquitous as 3G or 4G and it won’t spread as fast. Unlike 3G and 4G cell towers which can cover a few sq. kilometers easily. The problem with 5G is that its signals don’t travel very far. Every street is going to need an antenna, with long roads and streets requiring multiple antennas. If the line of sight between the transmitter and phone is interrupted that also results in quality loss.

  • 2G and 3G has no future in “FUTURE”.
    4G and 5G investment will be a vise investment for every company.

  • Zong 4G per PuBG Mobile ka ping Europe mein 200 k round about aata hai, middle East per 250 ke round about aata hai, aur Asia per 350 k kareeb aata hai.
    Jb ke india mein jio pr ping 120 k kareeb hota hai.

    Aisa kuen hai?


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