Etisalat leads in UAE LTE speed tests

19 May 2015

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has published its benchmarking report for the quality and reliability of the country’s mobile networks in 2014. Both the country’s cellular operators – Etisalat and Du – received scores of over 98% for completion of indoor and outdoor calls, while voice quality scored at more than 95%. One area where there was a noticeable difference between the performance of the two operators’ networks was for data transmission speeds over 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) infrastructure. While Du registered typical download speeds of 7.56Mbps and uploads of 900kbps, Etisalat saw downloads of 12.68Mbps and uploads of 2.13 Mbps. The UAE was home to 16.38 million mobile subscribers at the end of 2014, with Etisalat claiming around 55% of the overall market, according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.