The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) celebrated World Telecommunication and Information Society Day at its office in Dubai, with the participation of UAE telecom service providers, TDRA’s government partners and other local and regional partners.

The aim of this celebration, which falls on May 17 of each year, is to raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other ICTs can provide to societies and economies in bridging the digital divide. In its celebration, TDRA highlighted various topics, including the broad horizons opened by telecom technologies and digital transformation to serve humanity.

H.E. Mohammed Al Ramsi, TDRA Deputy Director General for the Telecommunications Sector, delivered the opening speech. He said: “I thank our partners in the sector for their keenness to participate in today’s celebration, which has many indications related to the importance of the sector in terms of today’s technological transformations. The UAE has been and will continue to be at the forefront of countries supporting the telecommunications sector and digital transformation in the region and the world, in line with the directives of our wise leadership. This is evident in our early affiliation with the International Telecommunication Union, the establishment of the first e-government, advanced ICT infrastructure, and today, it ranks first globally in fiber to the home (FTTH), Internet speed, use of internet and many other indicators.”

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The ceremony included an exhibition that represented a journey to the prospects of the global industry, exploring the way to a comprehensive and sustainable digital world, as well as learning about the role of ICTs in preserving the environment. The ceremony also included several workshops delivered by experts from Etisalat and du, and experts from Huawei on new and future technologies in fixed and mobile networks, with a focus on 5.5G and the role of telecom and related technologies in achieving environmental sustainability.

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