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UAE Jumps 14 Ranks in ICT Development Index 

UAE Jumps 14 Ranks in ICT Development Index UAE Jumps 14 Ranks in ICT Development Index 

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announces that the UAE has made significant progress in its global ranking in the ICT Development Index (IDI).

The 6th edition of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report ‘Measuring the Information Society (MIS) 2014’, classified the UAE as being within the “most dynamic” group of countries, having recorded above-average improvements in the ICT Development Index (IDI) rank over the past 12 months. Indeed, the UAE jumped from a ranking of 46th to 32nd in the IDI.

The report states that the UAE is the highest ranking country in the world in terms of the proportion of the rural population covered by at least a 3G mobile network. The widely recognized report also states that 137 million people in the Arab world were online by the end of 2013.

The UAE ranked second of all Arab countries in terms of having the largest proportion of its population online (88%). Further, the MIS 2014 shows that the UAE is well above the world, Arab states and developing countries average in terms of the IDI value.

Commenting on the MIS 2014, H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of TRA said: “the  significant achievements of the UAE in the report proves that the TRA is well on the way to securing its vision of providing an optimal enabling environment in which the UAE’s ICT sector will emerge as a leader in the global market place. With 88 percent of individuals in the UAE using the internet, the UAE is significantly above the world average of 40 percent. This is a testament to the penetration and quality of services provided by the UAE’s ICT sector.”

Value increases in the access and use sub-indices were both considerably above the global average. All the indicators included in the access sub-index showed improvement from 2012 to 2013.

The UAE jumped 12 places from ranking 36 in 2012 to 24 in 2013 in use sub-index and from 38 to 36 in access sub-index. Furthermore, the report indicated that the price of ICT services are relatively cheap in the UAE: the UAE ranks among the most affordable countries in mobile and fixed sub baskets, which cost less than half a per cent of GNI p.c. The report also ranks the UAE as 6th in the mobile cellular sub-basket and 14th in the fixed telephone sub-index.