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The UAE has ranked first globally in mobile internet speed for the month of June, with a download speed of 204.24 Mbps and an upload speed of 22.72 Mbps, according to the SpeedtestGlobal Index published by Ookla, a web service that provides analysis of Internet access performance metrics.

According to the index, the UAE topped the global rankings during the first half of 2023 (January, February, March, May and June), while it ranked second in April.

As for fixed broadband speed, the UAE ranked second globally and first regionally among Arab countries in June, with a download speed of 239.2 Mbps. Singapore topped the fixed broadband list with a speed of 247.29 Mbps.

The top 3 countries for mobile median download (Mbps) speed were the UAE (204.24), Qatar (182.98) and Kuwait (152.95).

And the top 3 countries for fixed broadband median download speed were Singapore (247.29), the UAE (239.20) and Chile (229.48).

Download speed refers to how quickly users receive text, images, music, video and other data online. Most online activity involves downloading, including viewing web pages, streaming video and gaming. ISPs and data plans partially determine the download speed.

Quarterly reports issued by Ookla showed that etisalat by e& recorded the fastest median download speeds across both mobile and fixed, at 216.65 Mbps and 261.98 Mbps, respectively, in Q2 2023. Meanwhile, du's median download speed was 154.02 Mbps.

The mobile multi-server latency results in Q2 2023 showed that etisalat by e& registered the lowest median multi-server latency at 35 ms, while du registered at 39 ms.

In measuring the consistency of each operator’s performance, there was no statistical winner for consistency, with du at 94.3% and etisalat by e& at 93.4%.

Regarding testing of 5G connections, etisalat by e& had the fastest median 5G download speed in the UAE during Q2 2023 at 680.88 Mbps and du at 453.97 Mbps.

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