5G services in the UAE announced at Arab Media Forum

UAE telecom providers Etisalat and Du are ready for the 5G network. (File/AFP)
Updated 29 March 2019

5G services in the UAE announced at Arab Media Forum

  • The 5G network offers faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices
  • An Etisalat official said 5G services will be launched by June

DUBAI: Mobile internet usage for UAE consumers will soon be improved, as local telecom provider Etisalat gears for summer roll-out of 5G enabled smartphones.

“We are expecting new 5G-enabled devices by June. That’s when consumers will get to experience the real 5G. We have already fully deployed the network,” Khalifa Al Shamsi, Group Chief Corporate Strategy and Governance Officer at Etisalat, announced at the Arab Media Forum held at the World Trade Center on March 27-28.

Earlier reports said that although both Etisalat and its rival Du are ready to introduce 5G services to its customers, smartphone vendors have yet to release 5G-enabled devices.  

The 5G network, which offers faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices, will especially be beneficial to media organizations, according to Al Shamsi, as they pursue more innovative ways of reporting.

“Let’s just look at new technology like augmented or virtual reality. It is just a matter of time before news content is customized with these technologies. In the past, the hologram was just science fiction. Now it is for real and is being tested,” he said.


News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

Updated 28 May 2020

News Corp. Australia’s push for digitization to lead to job losses

News Corp. Australia said it would restructure its organization to focus on digital publishing, a move that will also lead to job losses.
Scores of regional and community titles will be published only digitally from June 29 under the reorganization, the Australian arm of the mass media and publishing firm News Corp. said in a statement on Wednesday.
The company did not specify how many jobs could be lost, but Australian media reported up to 1,000 staff could be axed as a result of the restructuring.
It said its print publications had become unsustainable amid the coronavirus pandemic and the loss of revenue to digital platforms that use its content without payment.
“To meet these changing trends, we are reshaping News Corp. Australia to focus on where consumers and businesses are moving and to strengthen our position as Australia’s leading digital news media company,” News Corp. Australasia Executive Chairman Michael Miller said.
News Corp. incurred an impairment charge of $1.1 billion in the third quarter ended March 31, primarily related to a write-down at its struggling Australian pay television unit, Foxtel.