Another feather in the cap of the nation makes it friendlier for businesses and brands to set shop in the country
That the Middle-East part of the world is fast developing into a business hub is no secret. But a business hub requires infrastructural support be in physical roads or IT infrastructure. A recent study reveals that 56% of UAE have deployed the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology.
In a study report released by FTTH Council Europe, the UAE is second globally in terms of FTTH deployment with 56% of the nation being FTTH deployed, jumping two places from last year. When it comes to web and telecom technologies, the UAE is one of the most developed nations, ahead of the major developed economies. The only country it trails behind is South Korea which has 58% homes.
These data were thrown at an annual list compiled by the Fibre-to-the-Home Council Europe that includes 30 countries that have at least one percent of all buildings in the nation connected to FTTH. Besides UAE, none of the Arab countries are on the list.
In comparison to the global standards, UAE comes a close second to South Korea, but is ahead of the others by a huge margin with the next ones being Hong Kong (45 %), Japan (42%) and Taiwan (29%) were ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the latest ranking from 2012.
FTTH is a technology that offers high-speed broadband speeds but is costly to deploy compared to other modes. This is because the kind of internet needs a lot of physical infrastructure to be put up. In UAE, almost all of the fibre optic connection are done by the country’s first and the largest telecom services provider, Etisalat.
In terms of percentage that is a huge jump. In 2011, UAE was ranked fourth, behind Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong with only 30.89% of the UAE connected by FTTH. This thus adds another feather to the cap of UAE.