Broadband uptake booms in UAE

The number of broadband users in the UAE is expected to increase by 53% during 2003, according to Madar Research Group. In contrast, dial up usage is expected to fall by 5%.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  August 13, 2003

The number of broadband users in the UAE is expected to increase by 53% during 2003, according to Madar Research Group. In contrast, dial up usage is expected to fall by 5%.

The study also reveals that internet penetration in the UAE will grow by 10% this year, topping 1,1750,000 subscribers. Furthermore, 11.3% of these subscribers will be logging on using broadband services, such as digital subscriber line (DSL), leased and ISDN lines.

According to Madar, broadband growth is being driven by an increasing number of users downloading audio and video files, which require higher speeds and levels of bandwidth than dial up connections can provide.

“Broadband internet is set to become the norm in most countries and it is encouraging to know that the UAE is once again taking the lead in this field,” says Salem Al-Shair, director eServices, Dubai eGovernment. “This development will considerably enhance people’s ability to use Dubai eGovernment’s advanced online services on the portal www.dubai.ae with higher efficiency and greater speed. The dramatic growth in broadband Internet users reflects the progressively high IT-competent community of the UAE and demonstrates that the government’s efforts to promote the country as the regional IT hub are yielding result,” he continues.

“We believe that wider usage of the broadband internet will help the UAE achieve its objective of becoming the IT hub at a faster pace,” says Al-Shair. “Dubai eGovernment is on track to meet its goal of providing 70% of its service online by the year 2005. We regard the increasing popularity of high speed internet as a highly encouraging sign regarding the community’s readiness to use online service.”

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