Abu Dhabi placed among top 3 fastest 5G capitals worldwide

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Abu Dhabi has emerged among the top three fastest 5G capitals globally in the 5G network index with the fastest median download speeds (421.26Mbps) in the first half of 2021, as per the latest data from Ookla, a global leader in mobile network testing, data and analysis. The emirate is also home to the fastest mobile network on earth on an overall basis.

Another noteworthy achievement recorded in the UAE was both Abu Dhabi (421.26Mbps) and Dubai (417.07 Mbps) median download speeds featuring in the special ‘Global 5G Benchmark Report’ that focused on major cities globally measuring 5G performance and availability in the first half of 2021.

This ranking is attributed to the long-term planning and investment of both Etisalat and du in the rapid deployment of 5G sites and jointly working with regulatory authorities to assign the needed spectrum to cater for the demand of high capacity in cities. 

Majed Sultan Al Mesmar
Majed Sultan Al Mesmar
Director General – TDRA

“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 innovation. 5G is a huge leap forward and a powerful catalyst for digital transformation bringing new opportunities to various industries and the country. The availability and access to the super-fast speeds on 5G is a huge accomplishment that reflects the continuous efforts of both operators and their innovative approach during today’s extraordinary times”

UAE’s leading position as the fastest fixed network in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region and fastest mobile network globally, reflects the country’s readiness to attract the best in world-class talent and global conglomerates from across sectors showcasing the significance of an advanced state-of-the-art telecom infrastructure contributing to country’s economic growth and leadership on a global platform.

“This remarkable achievement for the UAE reflects the ongoing efforts of Etisalat and its investments to build one of the most advanced 5G networks in the region and the world. The deployment of 5G across industries and sectors leads the way to digital transformation in UAE, pushing it to the forefront with a network that is future-ready for the next generation of mobile technologies,” Eng. Hatem Dowidar, CEO, Etisalat Group, said.   

Commenting on this achievement, Mr. Fahad Al Hassawi, CEO of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), said, “As we continue our relentless efforts to expand the 5G network across the UAE, we are proud to celebrate this milestone achievement made possible with the support of all stakeholders. du aims to upgrade the telecommunications sector and develop digital infrastructure in line with the directives of UAE leadership to consolidate the position of the UAE as a global center for technology, innovation and business.”

With vertical and horizontal city expansion in the UAE, high mobile indoor penetration enhancement enabled the deployment of in-building solutions and small cells for better mobile availability anytime, everywhere. The 5G network also made it possible to experience and access data-heavy applications in the country. This has transformed the telecom network into a state-of-the-art infrastructure, supporting emerging technologies.

Related: UAE ranks among top 20 nations globally for fixed broadband speeds