Ooredoo commercially launched its 5G services in Maldives on December 20.
Ooredoo Maldives celebrated the beginning of the new era with a special event attended by Minister of Communication, Science & Technology Mohamed Maleeh, Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, Chief Executive of CAM Ilyas Ahmed, Chief Technology Officer at the President's Office Hamid Shafeeu, as well as Chairman Andrew Kvalseth, the Board of Directors and employees of Ooredoo Maldives.
Communications Minister Maleeh officially launched the Ooredoo 5G services, the initial rollout of which covers a large percentage of capital Male' including key business hubs, hospitals and public spaces.
The telecom giant also launched '5G AirFibre', the first 5G powered home broadband service in the country.
Ooredoo 5G mobile services are available for both prepaid and postpaid users, while customers in Male' can access 5G speeds through Ooredoo's 5G AirFibre Home Broadband.
“5G technologies have the potential for extraordinary breakthroughs across industries, which is now being witnessed worldwide. As the role of internet connectivity continues to become more and more crucial for the country’s social and economic growth, the roll-out of 5G technologies in the Maldives creates a strong digital infrastructure on which creative new solutions can be built on for the betterment of our communities", said the minister, speaking at the event.
"I would like to thank the management and staff of Ooredoo Maldives for their strong commitment towards a Digital Maldives, by continuing to invest in creating a stronger and more capable network which can power new technologies and innovations, at a time when it is needed more than ever".
“Over the past year, we have seen a huge shift towards digital across industries, from healthcare, education, communication, governance, e-commerce and more. Despite the challenges faced by the pandemic, our team has prioritized the roll-out of 5G services, understanding its unparalleled capabilities to unlock the full power of a connected society - something that is of pivotal importance in the new normal", added Najib Khan, Managing Director and CEO of Ooredoo Maldives.
"We are equally proud to launch the first 5G broadband services in the Maldives, which overcomes the challenges faced in installation of fibre optic cables in congested areas such as Male’. A flexible alternative which offers comparable internet speeds to fiber broadband, 5G AirFibre services will accelerate fiberisation through airwaves of Ooredoo 5G. Today, we welcome a new digital age in the Maldives, enabling endless possibilities and innovative new digital services for people and businesses. We reaffirm our commitment to the people of Maldives, ensuring our support in transforming their digital lifestyles to achieve the full benefits of the digital world.”
Ooredoo assured that it was working with global operators to certify the 5G network on more handsets. Meanwhile, the company invited customers in the capital to check the eligibility of their area and pre-book 5G AirFibre devices via Ooredoo Maldives' website.
In addition, Ooredoo has announced '5G Experience' zones, including the first 5G powered VR Café’ in Maldives and Ooredoo Club Premier Lounge, where can test out 5G and 5G AirFibre services.
Ooredoo was the first global operator to launch a live commercial 5G network in Qatar in early 2018.