Chinese multinational technology company Huawei has announced that it will open a Huawei 5G OpenLab in the Middle East in December. While the company opened an OpenLab in Dubai in 2017, it did not specify the location for the new Openlab as of yet.

Besides boosting 5G services in the Middle East, the Huawei 5G OpenLab will focus on the 2B market, AI solutions, fixed wireless access (FWA), CCTV and campus private lines.

An Jian, president of Carrier Networks Business Group, Huawei Middle East told the media that, “5G development is accelerating at speeds beyond imagination, with roll-out imminent in markets across the Middle East and the wider world.”

He added, “By introducing the Huawei 5G OpenLab concept in the Middle East, we are providing the local ICT sector with a real 5G network environment in which they can experience, innovate, and verify the latest 5G applications with operators and partners. This will contribute to the development and strengthening of the local ICT sector, enabling the introduction of next-generation technology that will contribute to building a fully connected, intelligent world.”

Recently, Huawei also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dubai government to assist the latter with initiatives related to Smart Dubai. According to reports, Huawei will collaborate with Dubai’s government to develop innovative solutions and also establish a ‘Centre of the future’ for the people of Dubai to witness technologies such as AI.

Earlier this month, a research report by Ericsson revealed that the Middle East and Africa will have 60 million 5G mobile subscribers within the next five years. A majority of these subscribers are expected to be from the Middle East. However, this only comprises 3 percent of the region’s total population.