It jumped 12 places from 28th to 16th globally

The UAE is the first in the region and Africa with the speed of fixed broadband connection

  • The high speeds of fixed broadband are a pivotal factor in providing the best advanced services in the UAE.

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  • Majed Sultan Al-Mismar: “We aim to reach the top 10 countries in the world on the SpeedtestTM index from (Ookla).”

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The United Arab Emirates ranked among the top 20 countries in the world in fixed broadband connection speed, and first in the Middle East and Africa on the “Ookla®” index, achieving the highest rate of download speeds in May 2021, according to the latest data issued by “Ookla®”. The international leader in the field of analysis and testing of fixed and mobile Internet speeds.

Majed Sultan Al-Mismar, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Digital Government, said: "This global achievement reflects the wise vision of the leadership of the United Arab Emirates, and its commitment to achieving the country's leading position in the ICT sector, and to be one of the most advanced countries in the field of digital transformation. Through the joint efforts of telecom service providers in the UAE, we aim to reach the top 10 countries in the world on the global SpeedtestTM index from (Ookla®), which enhances the capabilities of the country, and is in line with the aspirations of the wise leadership in the telecommunications and information technology sector, and here I would like to thank the service providers Communications in the country, for their tireless efforts to achieve this achievement, which falls within the state's preparations for the era of the fourth industrial revolution, and artificial intelligence.

The UAE achieved an average data download speed of 180 Mbps in May 2021, ahead of 125 Mbps in January 2021, on the Fixed Broadband Connection Index SpeedtestTM.

This significant progress is attributed to the institutional programs and initiatives launched by Etisalat and du for the year 2021, to raise the UAE's position on the fixed broadband index.

These efforts contributed to raising the country’s ranking on the global index to advance 12 ranks from 28th last January to 16th last May, to become among the top 20 countries in the world in this field, and first in the Middle East and Africa region.

The high speeds of fixed broadband are a pivotal factor in providing the best advanced services in the UAE, which is witnessing the entry of artificial intelligence applications, the Internet of Things, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in addition to its great role in achieving prosperity, economic progress and social prosperity in the country.

Telecom service providers in the UAE, "Etisalat" and "du", seek to provide the best customer experiences, supported by the highest rates of fiber-optic penetration connected to homes in the world, in addition to pursuing investments in network improvement to provide the latest communication services.

Telecom service providers in the UAE launched special packages and offers that allowed subscribers to upgrade home Internet speeds, in addition to making improvements and upgrades on networks, which included expanding the capacity of the local network and the capacity of the international network, to improve customer experiences in work, education and entertainment from a distance.

135 countries are included in the index

Based on ratings from more than 135 countries, the SpeedtestTM Global Index compares data on internet speeds around the world on a monthly basis and draws its data from hundreds of millions of internet speed tests that users take every month.

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