KHALEEJ TIMES, Monday, Apr 26, 2021 | Ramadan 14, 1442
UAE ranks first in key global ICT indices
The UAE has been ranked first in the world in several global Information
and Communications Technology (ICT) competitiveness indicators.
The index that measures the development and quality of the communications
infrastructure around the world in 2020 ranked the UAE first in the world in the
rate of mobile broadband Internet subscriptions per 100 inhabitants and the
index of public-private partnership and its impact on technological development.
The UAE also came first in the world in the index of competition in the Internet
and telephone sectors, the government’s purchase of advanced technology
products, and the first in the world in the speed of mobile broadband, and the
highest fibre-to-home penetration rate, according to a report issued by the
Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority.
According to the report, under the title “UAE is a pioneering country in the
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector 2020,” the UAE continued
its global leadership in the competitiveness indicators that measure the rate of
subscriptions to mobile broadband Internet and mobile services in the countries
of the world, as it ranked first in the world in the mobile broadband Internet
subscriptions index and the mobile phone subscriptions index.
The report issued by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory
Authority under the title “UAE is a pioneering country in the Information and
Communications Technology (ICT) sector 2020” includes results achieved by the
country in the telecommunications sector.
Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, head of the UAE Digital Government and director-general
of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority, said the
results are the result of a persistent and accumulated effort over the years in
which the authority’s work teams have participated along with their partners in
the private sector, mainly represented by Etisalat and Du.
In 2020, the UAE ranked first on the Arab and regional level in ICTs Pillar, ICT
Access indicator, and ICT Use Indicator, according to the Global Innovation
Index Report. The UAE also ranked first in the Arab region in Generic top-level
domains (gTLDs), and in Country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs) (.ae).