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UAE races ahead to build 100% broadband access

The UAE will probably be the first country in the world next year to have 100% broadband internet penetration through ‘fibre to home technology', according to

The report cited Ahmad Julfar, etilasat’s chief operating officer, saying that broadband infrastructure is the number top enabler for internet connections. “In the UAE, we are extending ‘fibre-to-home' technology to each and every home," Julfar said.

He added that the company has almost completed providing fibre-to-home technology in Abu Dhabi with 90% of homes in the city due to be connected by this year end and the whole country by 2012.

"So we will probably be the first country in the world to have 100% fibre penetration," Julfar said.

In the Saudi Arabia, speed has been increased from 7.2 to 14.2 megabytes, Julfar said.

"We are heavily investing in broadband infrastructure in the country as we have 60% market share there," he added. In Egypt etisalat has 40% market share in data although it was the third entrant.

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