Etisalat says traffic grows 300%

Etisalat has partnered with other major operator groups to deploy intercontinental cable across the Middle East (FILE)

Etisalat on Thursday announced that traffic from its UAE operation has grown 300 per cent since 2008 surpassing the 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) mark earlier this year.

This reflects the country's surging Internet community who are constantly connected via a plethora of devices at the office, in the home and on the move. It also reflects increasing usage amongst business customers who are becoming more reliant on advanced technologies to manage regional offices from the UAE.

This report was delivered by Ali Amiri, etisalat's Executive Vice President for Carrier and Wholesale Services, at the International Telecommunications Week 2011 in Washington. Etisalat is participating in this year's event as a sponsor and a high level delegation of its Carrier and Wholesale team is attending to meet with global operators and discuss emerging trends.

Amiri said: "The UAE is witnessing exceptionally high growth in terms of Internet usage. High-bandwidth applications, and in particular social networking, video and businesses, are driving consumption. We expect this trend to grow further with new innovations such as Cloud Computing, mobile health, finance and education catalyzing future demand. As the UAE economy continues to expand and businesses of all sizes are encouraged to establish regional headquarters in the UAE, we are confident that this trend will continue and potentially become even more acute."

Ali Amiri continued: "Etisalat has partnered with other major operator groups to deploy intercontinental cable across the Middle East. Most recently we have participated in TEAMS, IMEWE and the Regional Cable Network (RCN) which promise greater and more reliable connectivity for our region. This means etisalat has sufficient capacity to meet the requirements of its customers today and in the future. This includes both the UAE, and also our international customers in terms of our 17 sister companies under the etisalat Group and other operator groups, ISPs, Mobile Operators and telecoms service providers."

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