UAE’s Etisalat titled as world’s fastest mobile network for 2nd year

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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UAE-based multinational telecom services operator, Etisalat has retained its position as the world’s fastest mobile network for the second consecutive year.

The ranking was based on an analysis by Ookla, a global leader in mobile network testing, data and analysis. The internet performance analyst has conducted millions of tests with customers across every network to check internet speeds using various applications on the web and mobile platforms. 

The Speedtest Awards for top network providers are determined using a ‘Speed Score’ that incorporates a measure of each provider’s network speeds (download and upload) to rank network speed performance.

The award was received by Mr. Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO of Etisalat UAE Operations, at a ceremony held at Etisalat’s Al Kifaf building in Dubai. Further, the event was witnessed by Etisalat Group’s CEO, Mr. Hatem Dowidar, key management executives, and representatives from the technology department of the telecom company.

With an average download speed of 193.88 Mbps (Megabits per second) and an overall ranking in the ‘Speed Score’ at 153.05, Etisalat is the only operator globally to rank higher than 150, as per Ookla Speedtest data.

The Abu Dhabi-headquartered telecom operator is the winner of the Speedtest Awards for both the fastest mobile network globally and the fastest fixed broadband network in GCC during the first and second quarter of 2021.

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood
Masood M. Sharif Mahmood
CEO – Etisalat UAE

“The continuous support of the UAE government with several incentives and a supportive environment and working in line with Etisalat’s strategy to ‘Drive the digital future to empower societies’ enabled it to consistently push boundaries to create the world’s best and leading networks across our markets and deliver long-term value to all our stakeholders, accomplishing our goals of driving digital innovation for a better future.”

Mr. Doug Suttles, CEO and co-founder of Ookla, said, “Speedtest Awards, presented by Ookla, are reserved for an elite delegation of network operators that have delivered exceptional internet performance and coverage within a market. It is our pleasure to present Etisalat with the awards for World’s Fastest Mobile Network, as well as Fastest Fixed Network in the GCC region. This recognition is testament to their exceptional performance in Q1-Q2 based on Ookla’s rigorous analysis of consumer-initiated tests taken with Speedtest.”

Etisalat’s individual efforts in building one of the most advanced networks have greatly impacted the country’s overall performance. As a result, the UAE was ranked the fastest country in the world in January-June 2021 for average mobile download speed, as reported on the Speedtest Global Index.

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