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United Arab Emirates - Broadband, Internet and Digital Media Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

United Arab Emirates - Broadband, Internet and Digital Media Market - Overview, Statistics and Forecasts

The broadband market in the UAE is one of the most advanced both regionally and globally. The UAE boasts the world's highest penetration of Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH), ahead even of South Korea and Hong Kong. The country has been leading the Global FttH Ranking since 2012; in early 2015, estimated FttH penetration topped 70%. Both incumbent Etisalat and alternative provider du operate FttH networks du in the Dubai free trade zones and Etisalat in the rest of the country. Besides FttH, other internet technologies available in the UAE include ADSL, cable modem, and mobile broadband.

The UAE government at both federal and emirate level has been proactive in the digital economy and digital media sectors, with programs to encourage computer and internet use. Like other countries in the Middle East, the UAE aims to transition into a knowledge based and highly productive economy' by 2021. An important aspect of this vision involves the implementation of smart infrastructure, including smart grids and smart homes. Examples of smart systems in the UAE can be found primarily in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The UAE's most ambitious project is the construction of Masdar City, a smart city that is being built near Abu Dhabi.

This BuddeComm report provides valuable insights on the UAE mobile market and includes key trends and statistics as well as forecasts.


1. Synopsis
2. Broadband and internet access market
2.1 Overview
2.1.1 Domain name registration
2.1.2 Censorship and site blocking
2.1.3 Dubai Internet City (DIC)
2.1.4 Internet cafés
2.1.5 WiFi
2.1.6 Internet via satellite
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Broadband forecasts
2.3.1 Scenario 1 higher growth
2.3.2 Scenario 2 lower growth
2.4 Fibre to the Home (FttH)
3. Digital economy/digital media
3.1 Overview
3.2 Services
3.2.1 E-Commerce
3.2.2 E-Government
3.2.3 E-health
3.2.4 E-learning
3.3 Smart cities/smart communities
3.3.1 Overview
3.3.2 Masdar City
3.3.3 Smart Grids
3.3.4 Smart Homes
3.4 Digital media
3.4.1 Tejari
3.4.2 Bayt.com
4. Digital broadcasting
4.1 Overview of broadcasting market
4.1.1 Media Zones
4.1.2 Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI)
4.1.3 Abu Dhabi Media (ADM)
4.2 Digital TV
4.2.1 Satellite-based digital pay TV developments
4.2.2 Cable TV e-vision
4.2.3 High Definition TV (HDTV)
4.2.4 Broadband TV (IPTV)
4.2.5 Video-on-Demand (VoD)
5. Related reports
Table 1 UAE internet users and penetration 1995 - 2015
Table 2 UAE fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2001 - 2015
Table 3 Etisalat fixed broadband subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 4 UAE international internet bandwidth 2005 - 2013
Table 5 Forecast broadband subscribers higher growth scenario 2015, 2020; 2025
Table 6 Forecast broadband subscribers lower growth scenario 2015, 2020; 2025
Table 7 du IPTV subscribers 2008 - 2014
Table 8 Etisalat e-life subscribers 2010 - 2014
Chart 1 UAE fixed broadband subscribers and annual growth rate 2001 - 2015

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