Ooredoo, one of the region’s leading ICT providers, announced on Thursday that Qatar is leading global 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) innovation, delivering new levels of business success and transforming citizen and customer experiences.
The IoT era is seeing computers integrated into billions of everyday objects, which collect data and communicate real-time insights over ultra-high-speed 5G networks. 
Qatar is staking an early 5G lead, with Ooredoo being the world’s first communications company to launch commercially-ready 5G , and is preparing 1,200 network stations to become 5G-ready.
Now, Ooredoo is leveraging 5G to drive IoT innovation with two key technology elements: network traffic prioritisation based on the priority of the industry vertical, and lower latency for critical applications such as smart and connected transportation, retail, energy, healthcare, education, and entertainment. 
Yousuf Abdulla al-Kubaisi, COO, Ooredoo Qatar, said, “5G and IoT present the biggest business opportunity of our lifetime in transforming Qatar’s economy, society, and environment. Our industry-leading 5G and IoT solutions, and channel partner ecosystem, are guiding Qatar’s organisations in their digital transformation journeys to seize market share transform daily lives across the country.”
Ooredoo expects the ultra-fast 5G networks to serve as the foundation for the IoT to make a major impact in the following verticals:

– Autonomous vehicles can use 5G’s broadband and low latency to navigate complex city streets, and for ambulances to coordinate on green light signalling. Connected metros and trams can leverage 5G broadband and GPS technology for real-time tracking that can reduce headways, enhance safety, and provide real-time passenger information.

Smart and Connected Retail
– With Qatar’s connected malls growing, smart retailers can move beyond 4G geolocation-based services, to a 5G world with augmented and virtual reality providing immersive experiences from virtually trying on clothes to gyms with simulated races.

Connected Energy Transmission
– Smart grids can combine with 5G networks to monitor and predict rapid increases in demand, enable smart street lighting with LED lamps, and overall provide real-time and dynamic utilities pricing to enhance costs, efficiency, and safety.

Smart Healthcare
– In the era beyond digital patient records and self-care apps, 5G’s fast speeds and low latency could enable robotic surgery, new levels of monitoring wearable devices such as heart monitors, and Big Data analytics that could analyse massive patient data sets for predicting treatments and identifying regional or global healthcare trends.

– In schools and universities, 5G combined with mobile devices, from tablets to wearables, can transform the learning experience. Students, educators, and administrators can foster enhanced digital collaboration, immersive virtual reality fieldtrips, and new levels of automated campus safety and security.

– Theme parks, concerts, and video games are being transformed by 5G and IoT. By connecting sensors on people with mobile devices, customers can design bespoke itineraries, experience virtual reality concerts, and gain new levels of immersive gameplay.
Supporting Qatar’s organisations, Ooredoo is seeing strong demand for the IoT Connect solution, which allows tracking and management of networked devices, tools, and products.
Business customers can leverage the Ooredoo Advantage, making Ooredoo “Best for Business”, thanks to its breadth and depth of talent, best fixed and mobile networks, broadest portfolio of ICT services and solutions, and trusted partner for 60 years.
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