GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index Highlights UAE as Mobile Internet Leader 

Latest GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index Tracks Global Progress on Mobile Internet Adoption

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has increased its overall score on the “GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index” by 5 points within the last 2 years according to the new report published at the GSMA Mobile 360–Middle East and North Africa.

GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index Highlights UAE as Mobile Internet Leader

Between 2014-2016, the UAE has showed a phenomenal growth in in the all 4 basic enablers of mobile internet adoption as measured by the Mobile Connectivity Index:

  • Affordability
  • Infrastructure
  • Consumer Readiness
  • Content

The overall score of the UAE over the 2 years duration increased from 67 to 72.

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“The UAE added around half a million new mobile internet subscribers between 2014 and 2016, which means that almost 80 per cent of the country’s population is now using mobile devices to access the internet, underlining the UAE’s position as one of the most advanced markets in the world in terms of mobile internet adoption. This improvement was driven particularly by increasing mobile network quality and the availability of more locally relevant mobile apps and social media content.”

Said JawadAbbassi, Head of MENA region at the GSMA.

GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index scores, UAE Vs. Regional/Global Averages (2016)
UAE MENA region (average) Global


Mobile internet adoption enablers:
–        Infrastructure 68 52 52
–        Affordability 82 62 62
–        Consumer readiness 68 59 68
–        Content 73 63 59
Overall Mobile Connectivity Index score 72 58 59
Mobile internet subscribers 7.5m 210m 3,500m
Mobile internet penetration (% of population) 78% 38% 48%

Source: GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index

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