The UAE ranked first in the Gulf, Arab, and Western Asia countries, and the seventh in the world in the telecommunications infrastructure index, according to the report of the United Nations Smart Government Survey 2020, and it ranked second in Asia in this index.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, in a statement yesterday, stated that in addition to that, the country has made significant progress in the indicators of global competition for the telecommunications sector in the report, as it maintained the first position globally in the mobile phone subscriptions index, and advanced from second place to first place globally in the index Mobile broadband Internet subscriptions.
As for the index of Internet users, the country moved from 13th globally to fifth place, and the country achieved a qualitative leap in the fixed broadband subscriptions index, as it moved from the 68th position globally to the 29th position.
These achievements come as a result of the efforts of the executive team for the communications infrastructure index headed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and the membership of mobile operators in the country (two telecommunications companies and du), where the team worked to raise the country’s ranking in the sub indicators of the communications infrastructure index by launching a number of initiatives during The past years, including contributing to maintaining the global position of the state in the indicators.
The Executive Director of the Spectrum Affairs Department, Chairman of the Executive Team for the Telecommunications Infrastructure Index and Chairman of the National Agenda Team at the Authority, Eng. Tariq Al-Awadi, said that “(the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) worked on developing plans and strategies that contribute to strengthening the infrastructure of the telecommunications sector, believing in the pivotal role. What this sector plays in achieving the state’s vision 2021 and the goals of the national agenda, ”he said, noting that“ companies operating telecommunications services in the country have allocated a huge budget for investment in infrastructure. ”
Al-Awadi added that the significant development taking place in the infrastructure of the UAE's telecommunications sector comes in preparation for the upcoming benefits.
He added that this achievement reflects the development and quality of the infrastructure of the telecommunications sector in the state, which was one of the most important potential that contributed to the continuity of the work of the vital sectors in the country during the "Covid-19" crisis, as well as raising the state's readiness for future changes and technology, where the UAE was able thanks The development and quality of the infrastructure from easily adapting to the variables and applying smart methods represented in distance education, remote work, and providing services that contributed to the continuation of the business pace naturally, and providing opportunities for growth in light of the variables.