: International News
UAE aims at 100 percent broadband penetration by 2012
Abu Dhabi, May 18, 2011
The UAE is striving to be the first
country in the world to achieve 100 percent broadband
penetration, by 2012, United Arab Emirates's Minister for
Economy Sultan Al Mansoori has said.
"The UAE telecom market is now seen as matured but that hasn't
stopped our telecom companies from investing in expanding
their coverage and product portfolio, while also generating
substantial profits," said Al Mansoori while speaking during
the Abu Dhabi Telecoms CEO Summit Monday.
"Mobile penetration rate in the UAE has crossed 200 per cent
and broadband penetration among households stood at 40 per
cent in 2010," he added.
A study by Cisco last year, Al Mansoori noted, rated broadband
quality in the UAE in the top 10 in the world, ahead of most
of the developed countries.
An ambitious fibre-to-home technology currently being
implemented by Etisalat is said to be capable of making the
UAE the first country in the world to have 100 per cent
broadband penetration by 2012.