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|16 March, 2019

Fibre-optic networks: UAE No.1 for third straight year

Nation's coverage surpasses those in Singapore, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan

General view of Dubai's metro station on September 27, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

General view of Dubai's metro station on September 27, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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The UAE has been ranked No.1 for the highest fibre to-the-home (FTTH) penetration among all its global counterparts for a third year in a row, according to the leading industry body FTTH Council.

The council published its annual report that showcases the countries with the highest fibre-optic network penetration globally. The UAE's fibre network coverage surpassed those in Singapore, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan.

Etisalat's network is a backbone to its long-term strategy to enable and drive digital transformation across its network. The announcement signifies that it has maintained consistent leadership globally in FTTH penetration setting a benchmark in the global telecom industry. This achievement was only possible due to the continuous support and vision of the leadership of UAE in the development and modernisation of the infrastructure.

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Etisalat plans to invest Dh4 billion during 2019 in digital transformation, mobile and fibre network. This has led to the launch of innovative services meeting the growing demand and changing requirements of etisalat's customers across the country.

With etisalat's strategy focused on 'Driving the Digital Future to Empower Societies', the network forms a significant component of this digital transformation journey. Etisalat has continuously focused on investing in innovation and on next generation technologies and services to expand and enhance the network. In today's connected world, with the greater need for computing and connectivity capabilities such an advanced network also enables the implementation of futuristic technologies.

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