Mobile phone usage in the UAE rises again in July

Telecoms regulator says mobile subscriber numbers in July increase to 19.7m, that's 2.2 phones per person
By Staff writer
Sat 23 Sep 2017 10:32 AM

Total subscriptions to the UAE telecommunications services increased to 23.36 million by the end of July.

The subscriptions data, released by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), include mobile, landline and data services, state news agency WAM reported.

July saw mobile subscriber numbers increase to 19.752 million, representing one of the world’s highest per capita mobile phone use ratios of 226.4 per 100 people.

Pre-paid mobile services still represent the main enabler for growth in the UAE telecommunications sector, with subscriber numbers growing to 16.495 million while subscribers to post-paid mobile services declined to 3.257 million, WAM said.

Subscriptions to landline services remained almost unchanged at 2.288 million, with fixed-line subscriptions per 100 inhabitants reaching 26.2.

Internet service subscriber numbers hit 1.315 million by the end of July, it added.

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