UAE state-owned telco du announced on Wednesday that it was “actively working” with Nokia to bring 5G services to the country this year.

According to a statement from the company, it is working with Nokia to trial 3GPP standardised 5G New Radio non-stand-alone technology, with an eye to subsequently deploying live 5G sites in selected areas across the UAE.

The trials in live network aim to achieve up to 5 Gbps throughput. The company says this will enable extreme broadband for industrial applications.