The UAE has ranked first for having the highest Fiber to the Home (FTTH) penetration among all its global counterparts.
According to the report by the FTTH Council, the UAE has a coverage of 94.3 percent compared to countries such as Singapore (90.3 percent), South Korea (81.6 percent), Hong Kong (75.6 percent) and Japan (69.1 percent).
Etisalat, one of the major network providers in the country, invested more than AED 31 billion in the network infrastructure. Saleh Al Abdooli, CEO, Etisalat Group, said, “This has led to the launch of innovative services meeting the growing demand and changing requirements of our customers across the country.”
He added, “Our network is a backbone to our long-term strategy as a company to enable and drive digital transformation across our network. This milestone signifies that we have 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.”
Etisalat’s corporate strategy is 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 like augmented reality, robotics and artificial intelligence. For enterprises, cloud plays a pivotal role in digital transformation requiring a network that will support advanced use cases, applications and technologies.