Telecom giant, Dhiraagu, demonstrated the first ever 5G services in Maldives on Wednesday.
During the demonstration, Dhiraagu's Senior Manager of Brand, Marketing and Communication Mohamed Mirushan Hassan, initiated the download of a video, comparing the speed of a 5G network, and 4G network on two different screens.
While the 4G network took 11 minutes to complete the download, the 5G network took a mere 30 seconds.
With this, Maldives has become the second South Asian country to demonstrate 5G services, with the first being neighbouring India.
Meanwhile, Malaysia, Singapore and Hongkong have demonstrated 5G services accounting for the whole of Asia.
Speaking at the event held at Dhiraagu's head office, CEO Ismail Rasheed stated that "5G will increase speed. Without a delay, signals will be transmitted. Dhiraagu always looks at what the customer wants when introducing these services", adding that he wishes to increase customer awareness for these technologies through these demonstrations.
Mirushan declared that the 5G demonstration was made using the latest state of the art technology available and that showcasing this service is a step forward in Dhiraagu's role in the field of digital technology.
According to Dhiraagu, 5G internet speeds will be 10 to 20 times faster than current 4G speeds. Furthermore, the company assured that the 5G network will be easier to sustain during natural disasters.
So far, no countries have rolled out the 5G network commercially. Current smartphones lack 5G capability and thus, companies are trying to develop devices compatible in the near future.
Dhiraagu has made great advances in the fields of internet, communication and other digital services, with initiatives such as Dhiraagu TV and Dhiraagu-Pay. Apart from capital Male', the company has established high-speed internet to 45 islands.