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Telecommunication sector in the United Arab Emirates - statistics & facts

The telecommunication market has witnessed tremendous evolution over the past decades and is expected to continue so, providing more opportunities than ever. In an increasingly technology-dependent society, spending on telecommunication infrastructure is vital to meet the evolving demands of various consumer bases. In the Middle East and North Africa region, the spending on communication services was expected to reach around 121 billion U.S. dollars by 2022. The UAE is a regional leader when it comes to telecommunication infrastructure, in addition to being a top player in the global telecommunication sector.

 The state of the telecommunication sector in the UAE

The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) is responsible for the management of every aspect of telecommunications and information technologies in the UAE. The country has taken several initiatives to implement its strategy of engaging the various segments by providing easy and interactive services that enhance society's happiness. The UAE has planned to provide services that meet the demands by employing emerging and advanced technologies, in addition to digital transformation programs like Smart Dubai, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence Strategy. In 2021, the UAE ranked in the top ten digitally competitive countries in the world. Furthermore, the UAE was the first country in the Arab region to launch 5G technology. 5G connections in the GCC region are expected to account for more than one-fifth of total mobile connections by 2025. The UAE has two main Emirati-based telecom operators; Etisalat and Du. Etisalat, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has had a steadily increasing brand value over the years, reaching around 8.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.  

The telecommunication sector after the COVID-19 pandemic

   Looking at countries’ performance during the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing was the immediate response in many countries to confront the pandemic. Thus, the telecommunications and digital services sector played a vital role in countries’ ability to remotely manage their economic and vital sectors and maintain businesses efficiently. Economies that have relied on strong telecommunications infrastructure, technology, and digital readiness have been less affected than others by the pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, the revenue growth of the mobile industry was negatively impacted in MENA. By 2025, the annual mobile operator revenue in the region is forecasted to reach around 65.4 billion U.S. dollars.

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Telecommunication sector in the United Arab Emirates - statistics & facts

The telecommunication market has witnessed tremendous evolution over the past decades and is expected to continue so, providing more opportunities than ever. In an increasingly technology-dependent society, spending on telecommunication infrastructure is vital to meet the evolving demands of various consumer bases. In the Middle East and North Africa region, the spending on communication services was expected to reach around 121 billion U.S. dollars by 2022. The UAE is a regional leader when it comes to telecommunication infrastructure, in addition to being a top player in the global telecommunication sector.

 The state of the telecommunication sector in the UAE

The Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA) is responsible for the management of every aspect of telecommunications and information technologies in the UAE. The country has taken several initiatives to implement its strategy of engaging the various segments by providing easy and interactive services that enhance society's happiness. The UAE has planned to provide services that meet the demands by employing emerging and advanced technologies, in addition to digital transformation programs like Smart Dubai, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence Strategy. In 2021, the UAE ranked in the top ten digitally competitive countries in the world. Furthermore, the UAE was the first country in the Arab region to launch 5G technology. 5G connections in the GCC region are expected to account for more than one-fifth of total mobile connections by 2025. The UAE has two main Emirati-based telecom operators; Etisalat and Du. Etisalat, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, has had a steadily increasing brand value over the years, reaching around 8.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.  

The telecommunication sector after the COVID-19 pandemic

   Looking at countries’ performance during the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing was the immediate response in many countries to confront the pandemic. Thus, the telecommunications and digital services sector played a vital role in countries’ ability to remotely manage their economic and vital sectors and maintain businesses efficiently. Economies that have relied on strong telecommunications infrastructure, technology, and digital readiness have been less affected than others by the pandemic. In the first quarter of 2020, the revenue growth of the mobile industry was negatively impacted in MENA. By 2025, the annual mobile operator revenue in the region is forecasted to reach around 65.4 billion U.S. dollars.

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