State of 5G in the UAE: A speed leader, close to nationwide coverage

The UAE is a leader in 5G adoption in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, offering faster 5G transmission speeds than any other country in the region.

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The UAE is a leader in the adoption of 5G mobile technology in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, mainly due to government support as enterprises invest heavily in digitizing their IT infrastructure.

The UAE’s telecom regulator expects to bring all inhabited areas of the country under 5G network coverage by the end of 2025. The country's effort to meet this goal puts it on the cutting edge of 5G implementation in the MENA area, which is gearing up for 5G more quickly than other regions globally.

UAE: The Middle East's 5G speed leader

What's more, 5G networks are not all equal. While other Gulf countries have covered more of their geography with 5G, or claim to have more devices connected to 5G networks than the UAE, the emirates offers faster 5G transmission speeds, according to mobile technology trade association GSMA

Depending partly on what spectrum is being used, some 5G networks offer faster transmission speeds than others. Abu Dhabi, for example, ranked among the fastest capitals globally in Ookla’s 5G network index, with the fastest median download speeds (4.2G bps) in the first half of 2021.

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