Telecommunications in the United Arab Emirates: a breakthrough in the last two years

The year 2020 saw a sharp increase in the share of demand for telecommunications and Internet services, and in 2021 the growth continues.

The UAE ranks first in the Arab region and West Asia in the UN 2020 e-government survey, and seventh in the world in the Telecommunications Infrastructure Index. In the Smart Services Index, the UAE ranks first in the Gulf region and eighth in the world.

EAU provide accessible services to their people 

Through the use of emerging and advanced technologies and the implementation of digital transformation programs such as Smart Dubai, Blockchain, and the Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the survey confirmed the UAE’s determination to equip itself with services that meet the needs and aspirations of the people. 

This is perfectly aligned with the directives of the Wisdom Rulers to engage the various strands on the path of providing accessible and interactive services that contribute to people’s happiness. 

As a result, throughout 2020, the UAE has maintained its number one position in the global mobile subscription rankings and even moved from second to first place in the mobile broadband subscription index. In addition, the UAE also ranks first in the Arab world and the region in the information and communication technology index and the Internet access and usage index.

Just think about the fact that the Middle East countries -unlike other Arab countries- allow you to play online casinos even though physical casinos are strictly prohibited. This means that little by little, these countries are opening up to westernization. 

Of course, many Arab gamblers would love to visit a land-based casino, but it’s still impossible to do that regularly, especially if you live in the Middle East. 

For this reason, having the ability to access the best online casino games from the UAE countries, thanks to new technologies, is already a huge step forward for these countries. 

Also, live dealer casino games work similarly to classic online casino games. Still, they allow you to join a casino table staffed with a human dealer, which is even better because you feel like you are playing in a landed-based casino. 

Internet users in the UAE

In terms of the volume of all Internet users, the UAE managed to climb to fifth place globally and take a natural step forward, moving from 68th in the world to 29th in the index of fixed broadband subscriptions. In addition, it is worth noting that the UAE ranks first in the Arab region in the index of local Internet domain names, which use the symbol (ae). These indicators are used to determine the performance of domain registration in other countries and provide details on the volume of movement and technological interaction.

In terms of the rollout and use of 5G – the fifth-generation network – the UAE ranked first in the Arab region and ranked fourth globally, according to the Global Connectivity Index published by Carphone Warehouse, which specializes in technology benchmarking.

In another achievement, the UAE is leading the Middle East in the transition to Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), according to statistics published by Ripe NCC, Akamai Technologies, and Google. The transition to IPv6 has supported the delivery of better services by ISPs by strongly impacting the implementation of 5G technologies for mobile networks and digital transformation. Due to the shortage of Internet protocols and the inability of IPv4 to meet increasing demand in the face of rapid Internet growth, IPv6 was essential.

What is Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Digital Government?

The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority is responsible for managing all aspects of the telecommunications and information technology industries in the UAE. Although relatively short-lived, the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority has exceeded expectations by achieving its intended objectives in an unprecedented period.

It is the responsibility of the Telecommunications and Digital Governance Regulatory Authority to establish the relevant training institutions for the sector and propose solutions to conflicts that may arise between licensed operators. It also presents the policy and regulatory framework.
In addition to promoting modern technologies, the Telecommunications and Digital Governance Regulatory Authority is responsible for ensuring the development of human resources in the state and stimulating research and development, ensuring that the UAE is at the forefront of the region in the field of telecommunications and information technology.

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