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TRA inks MoU with Etisalat and du

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has signed new strategic partnerships with Etisalat and du telecommunications at its headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, TRA with du CEO, Osman Sultan

The partnerships are part of the TRA’s plan of action aimed at achieving the objectives of the UAE National Vision 2021 to raise the country’s ranking among the top 10 countries in the National Readiness Index (NRI) in the World Information Technology Report.

After signing the memoranda, Hamad Obaid Al Mansouri, TRA Director-General, and other parties discussed ways of cooperation and intensifying efforts to achieve the objectives of the NRI to raise the UAE’s position and reach the ranks of the best-developed nations in the world during the next five years. They also dealt with how to consolidate the country’s leading position in global indicators.

The TRA works with the two parties in several sub-indicators that contribute to the development of the Information Communication Technology, ICT, services in the country, thus affecting the country’s global ranking, including fixed broadband Internet services and increasing the Internet bandwidth for each user.

Al Mansouri said, “Etisalat and du are the leading providers of telecommunications services and an important part of the country’s ICT provisioning system. The partnerships with the TRA are part of the strategic direction that we are seeking to establish, which contributes to the support of the road map we have set in order to reach the top 10 in the NRI.”

“Our country is following the path of the global developments in the ICT world by preparing plans, equipping teams and coordinating with all federal and governmental entities as well as private sector institutions. In order to achieve global leadership and optimal use of technology, and the realisation of the leadership’s vision in achieving the national agenda indicators of the ‘UAE Vision 2021’ in creating a sustainable environment and an integrated infrastructure,” Al Mansouri added.

The Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum, is based on reliable data from the best global organisations such as the International Telecommunication Union, the World Bank and the United Nations. The report ranked the UAE in 2015 at 23rd out of 143 countries. The NRI measures the economy’s ability to use ICT to increase competitiveness and development.

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