The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that the UAE has made "significant progress" in its global ranking in the ICT Development Index (IDI).
The sixth edition of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report "Measuring the Information Society (MIS) 2014", classified the UAE as being within the "most dynamic" group of countries, having recorded above-average improvements in the ICT Development Index (IDI) rank over the past 12 months. Indeed, the UAE jumped from a ranking of 46 to 32 in the IDI.
The report places the UAE as the highest ranking country in the world in terms of the proportion of the rural population covered by at least a 3G mobile network. It also reveals that 137m people in the Arab world were online by the end of 2013.
"The significant achievements of the UAE in the report proves that the TRA is well on the way to securing its vision of providing an optimal enabling environment in which the UAE's ICT sector will emerge as a leader in the global marketplace," said HE Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general, TRA. "With 88% of individuals in the UAE using the Internet, the UAE is significantly above the world average of 40%. This is a testament to the penetration and quality of services provided by the UAE's ICT sector.
"A knowledge-based online community is one of the key pillars of the leadership's Vision 2021, which calls for an outstanding ICT infrastructure that offers an edge to businesses as they transact and interact with the world. The last IDI confirms that the TRA is successfully working towards securing the leadership's vision for the future."