First in the Middle East; UAE allocates additional spectrum for indoor Wi-Fi service

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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UAE’s people are now going to experience the fastest uploads and downloads with an additional 6 GHz (Gigahertz) band radio spectrum of 500 MHz (Megahertz) being allotted by the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) for indoor Wi-Fi use in the region.

The latest service was introduced in line with the TRA’s vision to enhance the UAE’s regional and global leadership in the field of communications and information technology.

The UAE’s TRA is one of the most forward-looking regulators in the world as a regional expert in ICT (Information and Communication Technology). With this new update, the UAE will become the first country in the Middle East region to add an extra 500 MHz of radio spectrum frequency in the 6 GHz band to the total spectrum of approximately 11.5 GHz.

This will increase the speed of indoor wireless networks in the UAE substantially, helping to keep up with the increasing usage of wireless services for day-to-day activities by individuals, companies, and various business sectors.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori

“The COVID-19 current situation has stressed the importance of having reliable Wi-Fi systems in our homes. This reliability on Wi-Fi networks has been driven by the increasing demand of internet use in remote-working, education, and data-intensive activities such as multimedia streaming on multiple devices at the same time. We look forward towards satisfying the UAE society and businesses’ increasing expectations of Wi-Fi networks. We will ensure optimal use of the spectrum while encouraging innovation and investment in Wi-Fi, and other wireless technologies.”

The new (Wi-Fi) standard offers 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second) potential peak data speeds, as well as better spectrum management in congested areas, faster latency, increased power efficiency, and numerous other improvements.


The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was established according to the UAE Federal Law by Decree No. 3 of 2003 – Telecom Law. It is responsible for overseeing all activities of the UAE’s telecommunications and information technology sectors.

Its objectives are to ensure secure communication services across the state and to provide better services, including quality and diversity. It also guarantees the quality of services in compliance with the licensor’s terms of the license and the promotion of ICT services in the state.