Average mobile data speeds are almost three times faster with Etisalat than with du, UAE media reported, citing regulator benchmark tests.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority annually evaluates both companies on voice and data transmission efficiency. Indoor uploads and downloads on 4G networks were three times faster with Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat, as with its Dubai rival, du, according to the findings.
According to The National, Etisalat's LTE subscribers see up to 24,740 Kbps for data downloads and 2,111Kbps for upload, but du showed only 8,728Kpbs downloads and 943Kbps on uploads.
Web browsing - which uses HTTP, rather than the FTP used for data - was also faster with Etisalat's LTE service, which was found to have a 12,682Kbps download rate, while du's average stood at 7,566Kbps.
Both operators scored similarly on voice metrics, which include quality ratings and drop rates. Both Etisalat and du are bound to certain quality criteria under their licences. The TRA's bench tests are conducted annually to ensure the carriers meet nationally mandated standards for service provision.
"We are working towards performing tests that provide a fair comparison and assessment of the mobile networks' services by employing state-of-the-art test equipment used in most organisations and developed countries," said Saif Bin Ghelaita, director of technology development, TRA.
The regulator's director general, Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri added that the tests were meant to "increase the standard of service and attain excellence in addition to promoting healthy competition among operators".