WASHINGTON, August 27, 2010 – The United Arab Emirates plans to have a fully fiber network by the end of 2011. The Pyramid Research group is reporting that this new network is expected to provide the nation with a growth of $1.01 billion by 2015.
Hussam Barhoush, a senior analyst at Pyramid Research, said, “Du, the smaller and newer of the UAE’s two operators, initially took the lead with fiber deployment, notes. However, Etisalat has already caught up and surpassed its new rival in terms of fiber rollout: Abu Dhabi, was the first capital in the world to be all fiber, as Etisalat connected the city to the ‘elife’ FTTH network.”
“The next major opportunity for vendors will be LTE, which we expect both Etisalat and Du to deploy within the next three years,” Barhoush added.