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According to the latest data from Ookla, the UAE has ranked first in terms of mobile speed at 193.51 Mbps, and among the top 20 countries globally in the fixed broadband index. The fastest average download speed of 180 Mbps was recorded in May 2021.

Source: United Arab Emirates, June 2021, Ookla Speedtest Global Index

From the January 2021 download speed average of 125 Mbps in the fixed broadband to 180 Mbps in May 2021, the massive increase was mainly due to the corporate programs and initiatives taken by Etisalat and du to boost UAE’s fixed broadband ranking. In the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, UAE was ranked first on the index. Additionally, UAE maintains an upward trajectory in terms of average mobile download speed, surging from 107.53 Mbps to 193.51 Mbps between June 2020 - June 2021.

“This global achievement is a testimony to UAE leadership’s vision and commitment in bringing the country to the forefront taking a lead in the ICT sector while being the most advanced country in digital transformation. With the joint efforts of both operators we aim to bring the UAE among the top 10 globally in the Speedtest Global Index from Ookla,” said Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, director-general of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA).

The high speeds on both the mobile and fixed broadband networks are prerequisites to delivering the best and most advanced telecom services in the UAE. “This will uplift the national performance, enabling the ICT aspirations of the leadership. I hereby thank telecom service providers in the UAE for their relentless efforts towards this achievement, which is part of UAE's preparations for the age of Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Artificial Intelligence,” Al Mesmar added.

Etisalat and du have worked continuously in providing the best customer experience with the highest penetration of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity in the world and modernizing their networks for increased network capacity while also boosting international data capacity.

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