WiFi UAE has announced that it is very close to 1.5 million sessions per month, with a quarter million unique users in the month of August alone. Almost half of the sessions (44%) lasted between 11 and 30 minutes, while 32% lasted between six and 10 minutes.
Of the online activities, social interactions were amongst the most popular for UAE residents, who used WiFi UAE to view video content, and connect with friends and family online. You Tube garnered the highest data consumption (37%), Facebook was the second most popular social app (17%), while WhatsApp (3.1%), Instagram (2.6%) and Snapchat (2.4%) accounted for the least data consumption.
“By laying the foundations that support the UAE leadership’s vision of a wholly connected smart city infrastructure, we are empowering the people of the UAE with Internet connectivity. With around 1.5 million Wi-Fi sessions across our 334 active sites is a feat to be proud of. Our aim for the future is to create a network of interconnectivity between people and things for seamless smart city integration,” said Jihad Tayara, VP business development and partnerships, du.
By the end of this year, WiFi UAE expects to enable Wi-Fi connectivity to more than 350 locations. The service offers users two types of Internet connection; Wifi UAE, a free WiFi service with high speed access to government websites and WiFi UAE Premium, an affordable paid service that allows users unrestricted upload and download speed.