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United Arab Emirates - Fixed Broadband Market, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses
The broadband market in the UAE is one of the most advanced both regionally and globally. The UAE boasts the world’s highest penetration of Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), ahead even of South Korea and Hong Kong. The country has been leading the Global FttH Ranking since 2012; in early 2015, estimated FttH penetration topped 70%. Both incumbent Etisalat and alternative provider du operate FttH networks – du in the Dubai free trade zones and Etisalat in the rest of the country. Besides FttH, other internet technologies available in the UAE include ADSL, cable modem, and mobile broadband.
The UAE government at both federal and emirate level has been proactive in the digital economy and digital media sectors, with programs to encourage computer and internet use. Like other countries in the Middle East, the UAE aims to transition into a ‘knowledge based and highly productive economy’ by 2021. An important aspect of this vision involves the implementation of smart infrastructure, including smart grids and smart homes. Examples of smart systems in the UAE can be found primarily in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The UAE’s most ambitious project is the construction of Masdar City, a smart city that is being built near Abu Dhabi.
This BuddeComm report provides valuable insights on the UAE mobile market and includes key trends and statistics as well as forecasts.