Image: The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Photo credit: Ben Mack
The United Arab Emirates is among the most competitive ICT markets in the world, according to results published recently by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
The results showed that the UAE is ranked first globally in the rate of mobile-broadband subscriptions. It is also first in the rate of the population covered by a mobile-cellular network, as well as the population covered by at least a 3G mobile network. The UAE also ranked second globally in mobile-cellular subscriptions.
The UAE maintained its advanced positions in other indicators, ranking 4th globally in the rate of households with a computer, 7th globally in rate of households with Internet access at home, and 8th in Internet users.
Said H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA): “In the UAE, we deserve to achieve successive accomplishment, and we are on the right track to achieve the deserved leading position of our country. On this occasion, I have the privilege to congratulate all ICT sector workers, including my colleagues in TRA, and the private sector who have proved in recent years that they are an excellent and dedicated team serving the highest goals of our beloved country in accordance with the directives of the wise leadership.”
H.E. Al Mansoori emphasised that achievement of UAE advanced positions in the ICT sector is a step forward in achieving UAE Vision 2021. He said: “What we have accomplished today confirms that we are moving in the planned direction to be in the first global position in online government services by 2021. We have achieved a lot so far, but we still have a lot to do. The race continues, and I am confident that we can achieve more accomplishments, guided by our wise leadership directives, and armed with highly efficient Emirati cadres.”