The UAE 5G Conference, organized by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) under the title "The Next Revolution", concluded today. More than 400 international experts and officials participated and discussed the reality, prospects, challenges and opportunities related to 5G, in The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.
Over the course of two days, eight sessions were held that touched on the most important issues related to 5G technologies and their potential impact on various aspects of economic, social, educational and commercial life, and gave a clear picture of the vital role that 5G networks will play in the near future, and the investment opportunities that the new generation will create.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, highlighted the importance of this conference as it is in line with the country’s efforts in future shaping and entering the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to serve the higher goals of achieving sustainable development and happiness for society.
H.E. Al Mansoori praised the great efforts made by the participating experts in providing a clear picture of 5G and all related issues, and its implications for different aspects of human life, especially in economy, medicine, education and transportation.
H.E. Al Mansoori said: “The UAE 5G Conference is not just regular event. It represents an important view of the 5G era, and an inspiration for many people who want to know the effects of 5G on our lives. The conference guests reviewed the most important issues related to 5G networks, and their great potential, through which countries can achieve leaps in various fields, especially those related to digital transformation, smart cities and the application of the Internet of Things.”
H.E. Al Masnoori emphasized that the UAE has always been proactive in adopting and embracing all initiatives and innovations that enhance the happiness and well-being of society. He added: “Our journey with 5G started after the WRC-15, with the aim of facilitating and accelerating the introduction of 5G to the country. We have learned from our wise leadership to race against time in our preparations for the future, in line with the UAE vision 2021, which provides for the creation of a competitive knowledge economy based on innovation. The UAE today is now one of 14 countries that have introduced 5G applications in their communications system. We are proud that 5G at this moment covers about 30% of the populated areas in the UAE. In Abu Dhabi, coverage increased to 60%. In some areas, the coverage reached 100%, as in the case of Expo 2020, Global Village and the Formula One.”
Eng. Tariq Al Awadhi, Executive Director Spectrum Affairs These 2 days have been a good learning with insights from international organizations like ITU, IEEE, ICNIRP, and our distinguished dignitaries, regional groups, telecom operators, technical experts, academia, telecom vendors, and experts from the industry.We learnt about the readiness and plans of the regional countries and the commitment on 5G.With each generation of mobile the technology deployment and standardization is now coming together. We have to understand the user expectations and public concerns. 5G has a potential in addressing climate change and improve our daily lives.
During the second day, the sessions focused on issues related to daily use, especially issues of cybersecurity, safety and health. In a discussion session entitled "5G Safety", the participating experts touched on the importance of the role of standards in making 5G safer, while the session "Security and 5G infrastructure ", discussed the most important aspects related to the 5G impact on health. The speakers emphasized, based on many experiments and studies, that there is no negative impact of modern technology on health. The session also discussed the importance of providing a secure and robust wireless communication system for Low-latency applications.
The activities of the second day also included a session entitled "Arab Future Foresight on 5G" during which Eng. Sultan Al Blooshi and Eng. Abdulla Al Salman from the UAE TRA presented a vision of 5G in the Arab countries in the next few years, the most important obstacles for deploying this technology on the Arab level and the best solutions that could enable the Arab countries to take advantage of the great potentials of this new technology to support their efforts towards achieving sustainable development.
During the conference, TRA and Huawei have jointly announced the launch of the OpenLab for 5G and Internet of Things. This initiative aims to enhance the services of 5G and Internet of Things across the UAE, and to advance innovation and cooperation in various sectors to create an open ecosystem that promotes the development of the ICT sector throughout the country.