United Arab Emirates telco Du has demonstrated the first satellite-enabled 5G backhaul in the Middle East using SES medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites. The live proof of concept trials saw a number of tests carried out over an SES O3b satellite, including voice and data scenarios to measure quality of service performance and stress test load capacity. The partners said the low latency and high throughput 5G backhaul link showed O3b is an ideal solution for 5G satellite-enabled networks in remote areas, with quality of experience (QoE) on a par with terrestrial backhauling technologies.

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