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GSMA welcomes UAE’s decisive step to lead regional surge in mobile broadband

WAM ABU DHABI, May 22nd, 2013 — Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications Association), today commended the United Arab Emirates’ decision to allocate the 700MHz and 800MHz spectrum bands to mobile broadband, maximising spectrum harmonisation both within the region and globally.

Philips said that the UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) “has demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision with its decision to allocate new spectrum bands for mobile broadband services, by moving quickly to allocate the 700MHz and 800MHz bands for mobile use.

“The mobile broadband market in the Arab States is set to increase by 255 per cent by 2017 to 142 million connections, with the potential to generate US$108 billion in GDP between 2015 and 2025. With such clear economic benefits, we hope other markets will follow quickly with similar decisions”, he added. He described the combining of the 800MHz band plan for Europe, Middle East and Africa with the lower portion of the Asia Pacific 700MHz band as a significant step forward.

“This will ultimately provide a broader choice of devices and more affordable mobile broadband services to the citizens of the UAE and across the Arab States,” Phillips added.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the organisation unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with more than 230 companies in the broader mobile eco-system, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as other industry sectors such as financial services, healthcare, media, transport and utilities.

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