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Will Ferrell famously said, “Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow internet to see who they really are.” We all know that it’s almost impossible to keep your cool during such a testing time. But soon, that annoying buffering wheel could be a thing of the past.

Du has teamed up with the University of Dubai to collaborate on 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT), in line with Dubai’s next generation 2020 5G evolution. The telecom operator will build an innovation lab supervised with experts, which university pupils and staff will have access to.

“Technology is influencing every aspect of life, including education. Technology has the power to inspire young minds, and we are proud to bring future technologies to the students at University of Dubai through our latest collaboration. Together with the University, we will establish a robust, open platform for research and development to participate in the standardisation and development of 5G and IoT use cases in the UAE,” Farid Faraidooni, Chief Operations Officer at du, said.

Recently Du demonstrated 5G by streaming a 360-degree virtual reality video, on a network supplied by Nokia.

And it’s not just Du who are on the quest for 5G. At GITEX Etisalat completed the region’s first 5G live trial, with a peak speed of 36Gbps. Both network providers are aiming to have 5G set up in time for Expo 2020 in Dubai.

What is 5G?

It’s one step up from 4G, meaning that it’s a 5th generation wireless system. As mobiles get more innovative and fancy every year, the wireless network that they run on needs to be even faster. The fastest connectivity is currently 4G LTE, which has a top transfer speed of roughly one gigabite per second. With 5G, that will increase to 10 gigabites per second.

Bring on 2020!

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