Stc Bahrain, a telecommunications operator, has launched the first-ever standalone 5G network in the Kingdom of Bahrain with Huawei equipment and assistance. Stc Bahrain’s standalone 5G network will bring faster, reliable and more capable telecommunications to both consumer and enterprise customers. The telecom operator aims to deliver diverse high computing capabilities for video streaming, VR, AR, and other multimedia applications.
Huawei Bahrain helped Stc Bahrain deploy higher complexity wireless communication technologies such as 5G eMMB, URLLC, mMTC for sectors in security, transportation, banking, manufacturing, petroleum, and healthcare. With the launch of Stc’s standalone 5G network, the telecom operator is expected to enter a new market for next-gen mobile edge computing services.
“Stc Bahrain has consistently been at the forefront of pushing latest technologies beyond just mere enhancements to approaching capabilities closer to full fledged 5G. Through this achievement, we are laying the foundation for further milestones, service availability and inclusivity of the fundamental capabilities that is included in Stc Bahrain network to cover all the forecasted 5G network use cases,” said Nezar Banabeela, CEO of Stc Bahrain.
When it comes to standalone 5G networks, there are several logistical, financial, and operational challenges faced by network operators that significant investment of time and money to upgrade network infrastructure. But as enterprises demand various telecommunication technologies such as URLLC, Stc Bahrain believes it has tackled these challenges to open up the ability for customized IoT use cases.
“Huawei is dedicated to providing our strategic partner Stc Bahrain with the latest innovative 5G networks technology. As it will form the future networks that relies on a combination of mainstream and alternative technologies across efficient spectrum use together with AI and Cloud,” said Ethan Sunxiaofei, CEO of Huawei Bahrain.
A non-standalone 5G network, which is the type most frequently deployed, actually is an updated 4G LTE system with some 5G features. A standalone 5G network is not based on 4G infrastructure. Full 5G networks will facilitate the rapid expansion in capabilities of edge computing by opening up a greater flow of data online access compute capacity with low latency.
Recently, there have been several developments to launch standalone 5G networks across multiple cities. Starting off with Nokia along with OIV delivered a private 5G standalone network in Croatia which is expected to enhance operation efficiency and enable new cpabailities at AD Plastik’s automotive manufacturing facility. In Shanghai, China, Nokia partnered with China Mobile and MediaTek to claim a new record of approximately 3Gbps in peak user downlink throughput.
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