Demand grows for high speed internet access

DUBAI — Demand for higher access speeds is growing which means the capacity required to access this content should also be increased," said a senior Etisalat official on Thursday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Fri 11 Apr 2008, 8:07 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:48 PM

While making a presentation on the growing trends in international connectivity and the features of Etisalat's Mobile TV services to the members of the SAMENA (South Asia, Middle East and North Africa) Telecommunications Council, Ali Amiri, Etisalat's Executive Vice-President for Carrier and Wholesale Services, said the region's economies need scalable, diverse and robust submarine cable network to remain connected and meet the demand.

Referring to capacity additions driven by growing traffic and constantly enriched Internet content, he said, "The need for capacity is a global trend. Internet content is getting richer and the number of access devices and the number of people able to access are growing massively."

Amiri explained how rich multimedia consumer applications, coupled with new demands from businesses and bandwidth hungry mobile access technologies is driving operators to partner and invest in capacity additions.

He highlighted two of the most recent projects driven by Etisalat as examples — TEAMS (The East Africa Marine System) and the IWEME (India, West Europe and Middle East) project.

Amiri also addressed the quantity of Internet content that is located in Europe and the United States and the vulnerability of operators in the region, especially in the light of disasters such as the recent cable cuts in the Mediterranean and the Gulf.

"Fast access to content is critical, whether there is a crisis or not, and the demand for content is growing. This means carriers must have a powerful international connectivity strategy in place if they are to maintain their competitive advantage," Amiri said. He then went on to explain some of the steps Etisalat took to protect UAE businesses which ensured that the UAE was the least effected country during the recent crisis.

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