UAE ranks 22nd in the world in 4G availability

Mobile users in the UAE browse the internet at an average speed of 27.47Mbps, the State of LTE report by OpenSignal says

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UAE ranks 22nd in the world in 4G availability The fastest LTE speeds seem to have hit a plateau at around 45 Mbps around the world. (Getty Images)
By  David Ndichu Published  April 8, 2018

The UAE has been ranked 22nd in the world for 4G availability.

According to the State of LTE report for 2017 by OpenSignal, the country had a 4G availability of 83.78%. Kuwait ranked first in the GCC, at number eight, with an availability of 88.4%.

OpenSignal's availability metric tracks the proportion of time users have access to a particular network, as opposed to measuring geographic coverage. The company, which specialises in wireless coverage mapping, crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from consumers who have its consumer mobile app installed.

The UAE was however placed first in the GCC for 4G speeds averaging 27.47Mbps. Singapore mobile users experience the fastest internet in the world at 44.31Mbps, according to the report.    

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) recently launched a new service to monitor mobile connectivity across the country. The Coverage Centre will receives data from remote testing equipment to for round the clock insight into service status.

OpenSignal says the fastest LTE speeds seem to have hit a plateau at around 45 Mbps around the world. For the last several global reports, there has been no sizable increase in 4G speeds among the top performing countries, and the holy grail of 50 Mbps remains just as elusive, the report adds.

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