"Telecommunications Regulatory" defines 3 characteristics of the new frequency band

The "fifth generation" network covers all populated areas of the country by the end of 2025

  • The new spectrum will provide an opportunity for operators and device manufacturers to test the capabilities of 5G.



The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has confirmed that the fifth generation (5G) network will cover all inhabited areas in the UAE by the end of 2025, identifying three features of the new bandwidth, which it allocated a few days ago for this advanced service.

The Executive Director of the Authority's Frequency Spectrum Department, Engineer Tariq Al-Awadi, said that introducing this category of frequencies will enhance the country's position and rank among the indicators related to the readiness of the telecommunications sector, and provide the necessary resources for international mobile communications applications.

He added that the frequencies will also support the directions of operators in the country to accommodate modern technologies, which require different characteristics of the frequency bands, according to the needs of the use cases currently under experience, or that are planned to be used in the future.

Frequency features

On the advantages of the new frequencies over the previous ones from the frequencies presented by the authority during the past years, Al-Awadi said that this part of the frequency spectrum will provide an opportunity for operators and device manufacturers to experience the other characteristics and capabilities provided by the fifth generation technology, compared to the previously allocated bands.

He emphasized that in addition to reducing the response time (the response of devices to each other) to 10 times less than the time spent in the fourth generation, which reaches 10 milliseconds, the new frequencies will allow communication between the largest possible number of devices for the largest possible period of time, within This wide bandwidth, and the frequencies will also enable a large number of devices connected to each other, allowing applications such as: smart cities and the "Internet of Things" that require thousands of devices to communicate with each other.

Fifth generation

Al-Awadi explained that the efforts that the authority is currently undertaking in cooperation with stakeholders and partners in the sector falls within its efforts to implement the national strategy for the fifth generation technology 2020-2025, which aims to fully cover populated areas in the country by the end of 2025.

He pointed out that the process of spreading and developing networks, in addition to enabling the application of optimal use cases for the various vital sectors concerned, such as energy, health, transportation, industry and education, requires concerted efforts and their effective and integrated work in the interests of all partners in the country.

The Type Approval System

In another context, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority held a workshop on the "Type Approval System" for telecommunications equipment, with the participation of a number of government agencies, and a number of manufacturers and suppliers of telecommunications equipment.

The "Type Approval System" for radio and telecommunications terminal equipment ensures that the devices imported or manufactured in the country are identical with the technical characteristics required for each device, and that they are registered and licensed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority before they are put on the market, as well as ensuring that they are not Cause harm to the public, or employees working on telecommunications networks, or other technical devices connected to the network.

System modifications

Engineers from the "Type Approval System" at the Technology Development Affairs Department shed light on the modifications that were made to the system, in line with the needs of the telecommunications sector and the telecommunications equipment market.

Participants were introduced to the main changes that took place in the "Type Approval System", which included: service fees, accreditation cards, equipment specifications, and initial approvals.

The workshop touched on the types of communication devices and the negative impact of random use of some of them, such as: radio devices, which often leads to interference problems.

Global standards

The Executive Director of the Technology Development Affairs Department at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Eng. Saif Bin Ghalita, affirmed the authority’s efforts to ensure the provision of better and faster services.

He said: “Since these services are carried out through smart devices that are used by customers, the authority is keen to ensure that these devices meet the highest standards in force globally, in terms of safety when using and quality of performance.”

'Banned' and 'Restricted' Devices

The workshop on the "Type Approval System" dealt with the difference between prohibited devices and restricted devices. Banned devices were defined as devices that are prohibited to be imported for use in the country, while restricted devices are defined as those that need special approvals for their use.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority called on outlets selling wired and wireless telecommunications equipment to be alert to the danger of using and selling devices that are not approved or not licensed in the country, and to make sure that the label for approving devices affixed to them is present by suppliers before displaying them to consumers in outlets.

It also warned against the dangers of using unlicensed telecommunications equipment, selling it, or connecting it with any telecommunications network in the country, unless approved by the authority, given what it may pose to the safety of users, communication networks, health, the environment, and safety. the society.

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