TRA evaluates ICT performance in the UAE

UAE ranks first among the benchmarked countries in mobile subscribers per 100 inhabitants, says survey

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TRA evaluates ICT performance in the UAE UAE ranks first among benchmarked countries in mobile subscribers per 100 inhabitants.
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  August 8, 2010

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has published a comprehensive survey that measures the accessibility and the usage of ICT in the country based on the importance of the role played by the telecom sector and its relevance to many economic, educational and social activities.

The survey, which lasted for six months covered the seven main sectors of private sector, education establishments, households, higher education establishments, government, ICT business sector, and Public Internet Access Center Establishment (PIAC).

Mohamed Al Ghanim, Director General of TRA said: "The survey results provide a realistic picture of the development achieved in the ICT sector during the recent years. The latest international methods and technologies had been used while conducting the survey to ensure the maximum degree of credibility."

Apart from providing statistical information about the ICT sector's performance, the survey also offers a comprehensive benchmark with many countries worldwide, measuring the development achieved by ICT in the UAE. The regions TRA selected for the benchmarking belonged to countries in the Arab states, Europe, North America and Asia.

The benchmarking was done using 10 common ICT indicators, in which the UAE came first from among the Arab countries in mobile subscribers per 100 inhabitants, the proportion between households with mobile telephony, the survey said. However, some progress is still needed for UAE to be equivalent with the leading ICT countries globally, the survey noted.

It is stated that TRA will benefit from the survey as it will enable the regulator to measure the status of the UAE in terms of the 48 ICT "core indicators" that have been developed and agreed by international organizations including the ITU, OECD, World Bank and UNCTAD.

To read the entire survey, log onto http://www.tra.ae/news183.php

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