Ooredoo 230Limited customers, speed only occasionally reached. Qatar Airlines is the first to deploy for Ooredoo's > 1 gigabit service, now being offered to selected customers in selected locations. C114, one of China's best tech pubs, is my source for the 1.2 gig speeds, confirmed by four other news publications. That the world leadership has left the U.S. and Europe is a major story, even if the details may be slight puffery.

Over a year ago, I discovered that True in Thailand was one of the first in the world to deploy 4x4 MIMO across the country, matched in 2017 in many other networks. That's just starting to be matched in the U.S. and Europe. Five companies - Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Samsung, and ZTE - are the source of almost all the 4G & 5G networks today. They sell the same gear in Qatar, Myanmar, Berlin, & Chicago. Except for Verizon and 5G mmWave - coming in 2018 - the Western telcos are no longer ahead.

The most advanced commercial wireless networks previously announced have been "up to 1 gigabit" using the Qualcomm 835 chip. It's capable of 1.2 gig in theory, I believe, but until now I haven't seen any announcement of actually reaching over 1 gig. Ooredoo is also working with Massive MIMO, which goes well over 1 gig in the lab. Again, I haven't seen that speed achieved in commercial deployment.  

Oreedoo is one of the most interesting companies in the industry. They are at 85% coverage in Myanmar, headed to 92%. 

I've sent a request for clarification on the technology to the company. 

(Note: Admiring network achievements, in Myanmar, China, Rwanda, or Trump's America, does not mean I endorse the government. Personally, I prefer countries to be as democratic as possible. I do believe Americans shouldn't be quick to criticize others, when we have "the best Congress money can buy.")

Here are the releases.

Ooredoo’s 5G Launch in Line with Qatar National Vision 2030 to Deliver World-Class Infrastructural Backbone

Ooredoo Launches 5G Service in Doha on Qatar National Day

19 / 12 / 2017 
Doha, Qatar
Ooredoo has today announced the launch of one of the first ‘5G Speed Experiences’ available anywhere in the world, in various areas of Doha, for a select number of VIP customers.

Ooredoo’s ‘5G Speed Experience’, which was launched in time for Qatar National Day, is available in select locations, and will offer an extremely high speed and low latency network with initial speeds of up to (and in some cases exceeding) 1Gbps.

This is the first time in the world that “5G Speeds” have been made available to consumer customers on a live network and using commercial smartphones.

Talking about the breakthrough, Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “We are proud to announce this major milestone near a day of celebration for our great country. This is a first-in-the-world landmark for Qatar, and demonstrates that the Ooredoo Supernet is one of the world’s leading networks. We will continue to work hard to provide Qatar with a world-class infrastructural backbone, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Access to Ooredoo’s ‘5G Speed Experience’ requires a special smartphone that has been calibrated to work with the Ooredoo pre-standardised 5G network and Supernet upgrades applied in the selected locations.

This is the latest in a long line of technological milestones for Ooredoo, as the company continues to work to be one of the first operators in the world to offer incredible 5G speeds for all its customers.

On Qatar National Day in 2016, Ooredoo completed trials for 5G speed and latency, achieving incredible speeds of up to 36 GB per second in their cutting-edge engineering hub - which made it at that time the fastest mobile data service in the world.

In May 2017, Ooredoo announced that 10 of its base stations had been equipped with 5G-ready technology, and the company plans to start offering the next-generation speeds to all consumers in 2018, when 5G-ready devices are released.

In November, Ooredoo successfully completed testing of 5G Commercial services in partnership with Qatar Airways, and later in the month successfully reached speeds in excess of 1Gbps using commercial devices.

Ooredoo is Qatar’s leading communications company and continues to enhance Qatar’s mobile, Wi-Fi, and nationwide Ooredoo Fibre networks on the Ooredoo Supernet.

Ooredoo Launches First in Region Network for Business

Ooredoo and Qatar Airways FIRST to Connect 5G Commercial Service

15 / 12 / 2017 
Doha, Qatar
Ooredoo has announced another breakthrough in network technology for Qatar - the ‘5G Commercial Service Experience’, which has been undergoing testing since early November,  has successfully completed the next phase of pre-standardised trials.

In the near future, 5G Commercial Services will utilise the latest network technology to offer much higher speeds, capacity, and better latency, than existing cellular systems. Ooredoo has been working with Qatar Airways to test elements of these services in preparation for the standardisation and launch of approved 5G technologies.

This phase of the 5G launch is a first in the region and demonstrates that the Ooredoo Supernet can operate in the 5G spectrum using advanced 5G technology such as Massive MIMO antennas. The Ooredoo Supernet was successfully upgraded at a secret location in Qatar with a host of pre-standardised 5G technology, so that commercial services could be tested and utilised by Qatar Airways.

Waleed Al Sayed, Ooredoo’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Ooredoo 5G Commercial Services will see us enable more businesses to fulfil their digital potential. I cannot emphasise enough the importance of this successful pre-standardised 5G connection for our business customers in Qatar and the impact this service can have on Qatar’s digital economy in the future.”

On top of a better, faster service, Ooredoo’s 5G Commercial Service will provide a connectivity solution via radio technology for corporate customers located in hard-to-reach remote areas as an alternative to high speed wired networks.

As part of its investment to ensure Qatar is one of the best-connected countries in the world, Ooredoo is thoroughly testing the latest 5G equipment, software, and spectrum requirements, leading-up to the standardisation of 5G technology.

“It is only by vigorously testing our 5G-ready technology that we can determine its readiness and capabilities. Thanks to our first 5G-connected corporate customer, Qatar Airways, we will be able to lay the groundwork to bring a truly next-generation mobile broadband experience to Qatar. We hope to roll-out this technology as soon as possible for all of our customers, so that everyone in Qatar can enjoy the internet even more and experience the full potential of the Ooredoo Supernet” added Waleed Al Sayed.

On top of vastly improved coverage, Ooredoo’s future 5G Commercial Services will enable Qatar’s businesses to offer the latest smart applications, such as driverless cars and smart roads, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and much more.

Ooredoo is Qatar’s leading communications company and continues to enhance Qatar’s mobile, Wi-Fi, and nationwide Ooredoo Fibre networks on the Ooredoo Supernet.

dave ask


Vivo is selling new the iQOO 5G premium quality phone for US$536.

Lei Jun Xiaomi "5G to have explosive growth starting from Q2 2020"5G to have explosive growth starting from Q2 2020" I say sooner

Verizon CEO Ronan Dunne: >1/2 VZ 5G "will approximate to a good 4G service" Midband in "low hundreds" Mbps

CFO John Stephens says AT&T is going to cut capex soon.

Bharti in India has lost 45M customers who did not want to pay the minimum USS2/month. It's shutting down 3G to free some spectrum for 4G. It is cutting capex, dangerous when the 12 gigabytes/month of use continues to rise.

Huawei in 16 days sold 1,000,000 5G Mate 20s.  

China has over 50,000 upgraded base stations and may have more than 200,000 by yearend 2019. The growth is astonishing and about to accelerate. China will have more 5G than North America and Europe combined for several years.

5G phone prices are down to $580 in China from Oppo. Headed under $300 in 2020 and driving demand.

No one believed me when I wrote in May, 90% of Huawei U.S. purchases can be rapidly replaced and that Huawei would survive and thrive. Financial results are in, with 23% growth and increased phone sales. It is spending $17B on research in 2019, up > 10%. 

5G phones spotted from Sharp and Sony

NTT DOCOMO will begin "pre-commercial service Sept 20 with over 100 live bases. Officially, the commercial start is 2020.

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Welcome  1,800,000 Koreans bought 5G in the first four months. The demand is there, and most of the technology works. Meanwhile, the hype is unreal. Time for reporting closer to the truth.

The estimates you hear about 5G costs are wildly exaggerated. Verizon is building the most advanced wireless network while reducing capex. Deutsche Telekom and Orange/France Telecom also confirm they won't raise capex.

Massive MIMO in either 4G or "5G" can increase capacity 3X to 7X, including putting 2.3 GHz to 4.2 GHz to use. Carrier Aggregation, 256 QAM, and other tools double and triple that. Verizon sees cost/bit dropping 40% per year.

Cisco & others see traffic growth slowing to 30%/year or less.  I infer overcapacity almost everywhere.  

Believe it or not, 80+% of 5G (mid-band) for several years will be slower than good 4G, which is more developed.