UAE ranks top in Middle East on Huawei’s GCI 2018

Country is powering ahead on 5G, improvement seen in broadband pricing
The UAE is powering ahead in its connectivity, according to the 2018 GCI by HUawei. The UAE ranks first in the Middle East, and 23rd globally.
The UAE is powering ahead in its connectivity, according to the 2018 GCI by HUawei. The UAE ranks first in the Middle East, and 23rd globally.


The UAE has been rated first in the Middle East and North Africa and 23rd worldwide in the Global Connectivity Index (GCI) 2018 released by Huawei. Despite slipping one place in the ranking, the report noted that the broadband market in the UAE is one of the most advanced both regionally and globally.

The UAE’s fixed broadband affordability increased by one point in the GCI assessment in 2018, as compared to last year’s report. This can be attributed to increased market competition with the  introduction of the shared fixed network. There is also an improvement in cloud experience in the UAE, and increased potential for IoT.

The UAE is ahead in broadband and data centres as against global average but lags in Internet of Things, cloud and big data. The UAE scored 73 points as against 56 global average in broadband; 50 points in data centres as against 42 points in global average; and 45 points for Cloud as against 46 points global average. Similarly, the UAE achieved 40 points as against 42 global average in big data and 28 points in IoT as against 33 in global average.

The country saw its rating improving in three pillars supply, demand and experience. Overall, the UAE scored 53 points out of 100 in the 2018 index.

Globally, the US topped Huawei's Global Connectivity Index 2018 with 78 points followed by Singapore (75), Sweden (73), Switzerland (71), UK (70), Finland (68), Denmark (68), Netherlands (67), Norway (65) and Japan (65) making up the top 10 list.

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