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The UAE has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the world and the best mobile network coverage of any country in terms of population covered.


  • The UAE is one of the very few countries in the MEA region to have successfully completed the analog TV switch-off. The TRA needs to finalize its plan for the allocation of spectrum in the 700MHz and 800MHz bands, which may help mobile operators to offer enhanced mobile broadband services.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides a detailed understanding of the regulatory environment in the UAE.
  • Outlines spectrum policy and licensing in the country.

Key questions answered

  • What services are subject to regulation in the UAE telecoms market?
  • What impact have regulatory and policy changes had on the UAE telecoms market?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis


  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges

Other services subject to regulation

  • Other services subject to regulation in the UAE
  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Fixed number portability
  • Mobile number portability
  • Numbering policy
  • National roaming

Universal service

  • Universal service provider

Markets susceptible to regulation

  • Markets susceptible to regulation


  • Methodology
  • Author

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