Minister of State for Communications in Bahrain Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa said yesterday that Bahrain will be ready for the superfast 5G mobile network by 2017.
With the final stage of the rollout of 4G/long term evolution (LTE) networks underway, the service would be available in the first quarter next year, said the minister on the sidelines of an event held to mark the 35th anniversary of Ericsson’s first contract in the kingdom.
Earlier in an address, Ericsson’s GCC president Victoria Strand said the company had doubled the organisation’s size in Bahrain since the establishment of its office.
“We now employ 60 people in the kingdom and have introduced a new programme to attract local talent and train new graduates on the latest technology trends,” she said.
“Ericsson has actively contributed to the development of the telecommunication industry in the kingdom.
“We have accomplished, together with our partners in the industry, many milestones, starting with the deployment of a fixed network in 1978 and continuing up to supporting our customers in the installation of LTE/4G mobile networks this year,” she added.