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A recent report published by The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation found that the UAE has progresses from the 104th to the first rank globally in terms of the internet and telephony level of competition.

The UAE progressed from the 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.

Commenting on this great global achievement, H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, TRA Director General, said, “The advanced level of competitiveness of the telecommunications sector in the UAE reflects the success of the one-team strategy used by government entities in national projects and initiatives management. This accomplishment has been achieved by all us, and we hope to continue in a team spirit to maintain the UAE’s leading position and to enhance our national vision, to make the UAE the first globally in various fields.

“TRA has been working closely with the concerned entities to develop regulatory policies for the sector, which led to the creation of a competitive sector. 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.”

H.E. Al Mansoori stresses the importance of a wise leadership and ambitious and committed people which have lead the UAE to achieve this accomplishment.

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.


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