The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Telecommunications Corporation etisalat has spent AED15bn (approximately $4B U.S. dollars) to develop its fiber optic network, said its CEO, Saleh Al Abdouli. He added that this is a long-term investment which will contribute to the process of sustainable development in the UAE and to achieve network readiness in the country.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, etisalat has begun its investment in fiber optics years ago. In October 2010, etisalat managed to increase the speed of its 4G mobile broadband technology to 100 Mbps and most recently to 300 Mbps. This was a breakthrough for the international telecommunications industry.
At present, the total length of their fiber optical network comprises a total of 2.8 million km of cable. It has become the first capital city in the world to be entirely linked in fixed, data and mobile networks with fiber optic cables.
Etisalat’s (News - Alert) domestic fiber-optic network which fully covers the UAE, supports full protection as well as a variety of technologies, including VPN, and offers easy transfer of data. Their entire network is based on the Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) technology as it offers high speed data transfer of the telecommunication and digital signals. Presently, their fiber link supports synchronous data transmission rates of up to 10 Gbps.
The UAE telecom giant has become the most advanced among countries globally. UAE has been ranked amongst the top five countries in the Arab world in the Network Readiness Index (NRI) and was ranked 24th in the world according to the Global Information Technology Report 2011.
This is a telecom company which has not only received much attention for its investments in fiber optic technology, but for its launch of a new Web security service, and cloud computing solutions services in five key markets.
Also worth noting, is its launch of a first commercial 4G service on its nation-wide LTE (News - Alert) network. Thus far, etisalat has delivered a compelling mobile broadband experience to over 6.3 million subscribers.
Etisalat operates across Asia and in many Middle Eastern countries, such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as in Africa, Egypt and Nigeria, to provide a wide coverage area for its subscribers through mobile and landline voice and data services.
Edited by Brooke Neuman