UAE telecommunications service provider, du, has unveiled to build a UAE 5G Innovation Gate (U5GIG), a consortium of technical and academic experts to develop 5G in the UAE.
Universities and technical organizations will be allowed to take part in the development of the 5G ecosystem as well as academia and industry to test applications and technologies in a real-world setting.du will also build a 5G Innovation Lab to prototype, test and validate early 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) equipment and services.
Ibrahim Nassir, chief human capital and administration officer at du, said:
“We are excited to announce this initiative that will allow the UAE to effectively compete with the advanced markets and bring UAE’s voice to the technology development debate. The UAE will be a major industry development leader and we can only do this through collaboration between industry and academia. We plan to work closely with suppliers and SMEs and eventually train future UAE academic and industry leaders. The programme will be open for all UAE universities and industrial organisation that need to be part of the state-of-the-art 5G ecosystem development.”
“The inauguration of U5GIG adds further impetus to the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in establishing the UAE as a global leader in all aspects and as an innovator in technology in the Middle East region,” he added.
du along with other consortium members will jointly administer a 5G research programs with the major ranked UAE universities and based on carefully selected practical 5G research topics. Accordingly, UAE shall contribute and take part in the standardisations and development of 5G in forum such as 3GPP, ITU, and GSMA.
The main objective of this initiative is to bridge the gap between the telecom industry and academia in UAE by establishing and maintaining close, productive collaborations with academic institutions, industry and the community.