Fiber cable network, Earth Stations keep the country well connected
A major symposium in Dubai highlighted the city's strengths to host World Expo 2020 in terms of its advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure.
Organised by the Etisalat Group, the symposium, titled 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future: Partnerships for Global Innovation and Sustainable Development', ran from Tuesday to Thursday.
Nasser bin Obood, chief government relations and communications officer for Etisalat, spoke of the group's support for the bid in a keynote panel session titled 'Drivers of Change: Mobility, Sustainability, Opportunity'.
Obood said opportunities such as the flow of ideas, and intellectual and financial capital will shape the future of all countries. He highlighted how in today's Internet economy, access to global minds through advanced communications is an essential factor in unlocking intellectual capital from across the world.
"Since 2004, Etisalat and other ICT providers in the UAE have worked in partnership with the government to deploy millions of kilometres of cable across the country to ensure seamless high-speed Internet for mobile devices. Today we offer the world's fastest broadband to the home, and last year, we demonstrated the world's fastest mobile connectivity. Combined with our extensive submarine capacity, the UAE's ICT infrastructure is uniquely positioned to help bring the Expo to the world," he said.
Obood explained how accessing information held on global 'clouds' and being able to converse in real time with experts across the world would create an experience that has never been seen before.
"Dubai is already the major convention and meeting hub for the Middle East, Africa and Asia. This is partially because of our great shipping and aviation companies, hotels and conference venues. But it is also due to the confidence the global community has in our ICT infrastructure and the ability of multinational corporations to collaborate effectively with colleagues and peers outside the country when they are here. It has taken the country over seven years to develop, with the public and private sector working together to ensure that today more than 70 per cent of all homes are connected by fiber optic cables and the entire country can enjoy broadband access through their mobile devices," he said.
Today, three million kilometres of fiber optic cable are installed across the UAE -— enough to reach the moon seven times and to wrap the world 75 times, he said. Due to advancements such as these, the FTTH (Fiber to the Home) Council declared the UAE as the country with the highest penetration of fiber to the home in 2012 and 2013. A recent research released by Google also revealed that the UAE has the highest penetration of advanced smart phones.