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Fibre to connect entire UAE by 2011

Fibre to the Home (FTTH) technology is already being used by 300,000 homes in the country for high-speed broadband access

Etisalat aims to connect the entire country with its eLite optical fibre communication network by 2011.

The network, which will provide high speed broadband internet, is based on Fibre to the Home (FTTH) technology that provides voice, data, streaming and video services with one optic fibre cable.

Abu Dhabi is expected to be the world’s first fully ‘connected’ capital with every household being equipped with the technology by the third quarter of 2009.

Etisalat’s CEO Mohamed Khalfan Al Qamzi believes eLite will cater to future bandwidth demands in the country, while boosting adoption of advanced internet services such as IPTV, Video On Demand and even online gaming.

"eLite will bring about a paradigm shift in the communication sector, taking it to unprecedented levels,” commented Al Qamzi. “Etisalat is proud to make Abu Dhabi the first fully connected capital in the world. Based on the FTTH technology, eLite has enormous scope and potential in terms of capacity, speed, and efficiency to accommodate the growing demand for bandwidth in the coming decades,"

The company has already connected more than 300,000 homes with eLite since the service launched last year.