As part of its mission to establish connections with the industry, the Center for Research in Informatics, Sciences and Engineering (RISE) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) organized a lecture entitled “The Way to 5G: Live Demo by Zain” in April. The event incorporated a practical field test of the yet-to–be-released fifth generation of mobile network technology. The lecture was conducted by Zain’s Operation Center Department Manager, Mr. Muhammad Al Ruwayeh; and Access Planning Engineer, Eng. Khaled Al Saleh. The demo featured free trial of the 5G technology on-campus to members of the AUK community and the public.
“This practical testing made it possible for members of the audience to dabble with the prospects of
such breakthrough firsthand. To offer this experience, Zain has been working with us on the installations for the past 4 weeks. We really appreciate their time and efforts to bring this to life” RISE Director, Dr. Amir Zeid, said of the event, “Having an established industry player give us a glimpse of where the technology is currently at is a rare opportunity we are pleased we could offer.”
5G networks will offer a significant increase in speed than what was available in previous generations, according to Al Ruwayeh. “It’s going to be exceedingly rapider than what is now available. The difference would be revolutionary,” he noted.
In addition to raw speed, other main benefits will include low latency and high capacity. “Not only will download and upload speeds be staggeringly quicker, but the response times of initiating such data transfers willcorrespond to that snappy speed,” Al Saleh said. “To rephrase that, you would experience a significantly less of a pause between hitting play on a heavy video content and that crisp load starting to actually stream on your device,” he explained. The groundbreaking upgrade is also expected to put a spin on current mobile network inadequacies, namely the critical lack of bandwidth. The 3G and 4G networks currently operate on radio frequencies that are considered “overcrowded,” an issue that is subject to significant development under the novel technology, Al Saleh added.