UAE maintains global lead in Fibre to the Home penetration

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Abu Dhabi, 25 May 2022: UAE is ranked
number one for the highest Fiber to the Home (FTTH) penetration among all its
counterparts, maintaining consistent leadership since 2016, 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 report highlighted UAE as the number
one country with its fibre network coverage surpassing Singapore, China, South
Korea and Hongkong.

The data from the
report showcases 20 countries that have achieved penetration rates higher than
50 percent. The global top 5 ranking is led by UAE with 97 percent, followed by
Singapore (95.8%), China (94.9%), South Korea (91.1%) and Hong Kong(86.2%).

Etisalat UAE,
the telecoms pillar of e&, has always led with its network as a backbone to
its long-term strategy to enable and drive digital transformation. Today’s
announcement is a testament to the fact that it has maintained consistent
leadership 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 UAE leadership in the development and modernisation of the
infrastructure.

Etisalat UAE has
continuously invested in digital transformation, the mobile and fibre network.
This has led to the launch of innovative services meeting the growing demand
and changing requirements of Etisalat UAE’s customers.

Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO, Etisalat UAE, said, “Our commitment to staying aligned with the UAE leadership’s digitalisation
ambitions has empowered us to provide best-in-class innovative solutions,
harness advanced technologies such as 5G, and maintain our cutting-edge telecom
infrastructure offerings.

“We are in the era of the
‘connectivity renaissance’ – the prime time to take advantage of the limitless
possibilities ahead of us so that we can imagine, innovate and implement ideas
that will drive smart connectivity and maximise value creation for our customers
in all segments. The network forms a significant component of this digital
transformation journey. Etisalat UAE has also continuously focused on investing
in innovation and next-generation technologies and services to expand its
infrastructure.”

In today’s connected world, with the
greater need for computing and connectivity capabilities, such an advanced
network is required as it also enables the implementation of futuristic
technologies like augmented reality, robotics and artificial intelligence.
Consumers are able to experience high performance and capabilities required in
advanced gaming, streaming, applications and entertainment with a high-speed
network.

For enterprises,
digital transformation will play a pivotal role in enabling the support of
advanced use cases, applications and technologies. This will be key to bring
success and next level of development leading Etisalat UAE to play a greater
role in digital lives of consumers and enterprises. This forms
the backbone of a robust and one of the most advanced networks in the region
and the world.

Etisalat Group has changed its brand identity
to e&
, effective from 23 February 2022. Its strategy aims to
accelerate growth through the creation of a resilient business model
representing the Group’s main business pillars.

The Telecoms
business currently continues to operate led by Etisalat UAE in e&’s home
market and by existing subsidiaries for international operations, upholding the
Group’s rich telecoms heritage, bolstering the strong telecoms network and
maximising value for the Group’s various customer segments. Ramping up the
digital services for individual customers to elevate their digital-first
lifestyle, e& life brings
next-generation technologies through smart connectivity platforms in
entertainment, retail and financial technology. To enable the digital
transformation of governments, large-scale enterprises and corporates, e& enterprise focuses
on maximising value through its end-to-end solutions in cybersecurity, cloud,
Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), as well as deploying
mega projects. e&
capital
allows the Group to focus its efforts on driving new
mergers and acquisitions while maximising shareholder value and strengthening
global presence.