UAE rises from 104th to No. 1 globally in Internet competition

By Divi S.

DUBAI 27 May 2019: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced that the UAE has made tremendous progress in the Internet and telephony level of competition – rising from the 104th to the first rank globally.

The Knowledge Index Report, published by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, said the UAE progressed from 61st to the 5th rank globally in the Sector Competitiveness Index for Information and Communications Technology – ICT Inputs, which measures the ICT price basket, Internet and telephony level of competition, and laws relating to ICTs.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said: “We are determined to continue developing ICT policies and to take all decisions and measures that support the sector in particular and the country in general, in order to create a competitive sector for digital transformation, artificial intelligence, Internet of things, the Emirates Mars Mission and others.”

Mobile Broadband

This achievement has added to the previous series of achievements of the UAE in the global competitiveness in the telecommunication sector, as the UAE is ranked first globally in Mobile-broadband subscriptions, in addition to achieving first rank in Population covered by mobile-cellular networks as well as population covered by data networks (3G and above services). The country also ranked second globally in Mobile-cellular subscriptions, fourth globally in percentage of households equipped with a personal computer, 7th globally in percentage of households with home internet access, and 8th globally in percentage of Internet users.

The UAE also advanced 18 ranks in ‘ICT Adoption’ Pillar, from 24th to 6th rank globally, in addition to reaching the second rank globally in the United Nations Telecommunication Infrastructure Index (TII).

These results reflect the significant progress achieved by the UAE in ICT, which was the result of TRA’s efforts, guided by the directives of the wise leadership, and reflects the efficiency of the strategies adopted by the UAE in the fields of ICT, artificial intelligence and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Dubai Gazette