UAE has moved two places higher to rank second in the global mobile broadband speed test in December, according to Ookla’s Global Speed Test Index.
The country overtook Qatar and is now just behind South Korea in the mobile broadband speed test.
Last month, Qatar was ranked second and it is now ranked third in December.
The global average download speed is 32.01Mbps in December while the upload speed is 12.02Mbps.
In the UAE, the average download speed is 86.77Mbps while the upload speed is 25.55Mbps.
In November, the average download speed in the UAE was 69.72Mbps while the upload speed was 21.85Mbps.
The global speed test compares internet speed data from around the world every month. Data for the index comes from the hundreds of millions of tests taken by real people using speed test every month.
In December, the average download speed in South Korea was 103.18Mbps and 20.55Mbps in upload speed.
When compared to other Gulf Cooperation Countries, Saudi Arabia is ranked two places higher at 13th with a download speed of 55.58Mbps, Kuwait jumped six places higher to 28th with a download speed of 46.52Mbps, Oman moved four places lower to 33th with a download speed of 42.97Mbps while Bahrain jumped one place higher to 47th with a download speed of 35.64Mbps.
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In the fixed broadband space, UAE lost one place lower to 30th with an average download speed of 90.57Mbps while the average upload speed is 38.78Mbps.
The global average download speed improved from 71.55Mbps in November to 73.58Mbps in December while the upload speed was 40.39Mbps in December compared to 38.91Mbps in November.
The top three countries are Singapore, Hong Kong and Monaco.
In Singapore, the average download speed is 200.12Mbps while it is 164.88Mbps in Hong Kong and it is 148.91Mbps in Monaco.
When compared to other Gulf Cooperation Countries, Qatar jumped one place higher to rank 40th with a download speed of 73.94Mbps, followed by Kuwait jumped five places to 44th with a download speed of 65.92Mbps, Saudi Arabia jumped two places higher to 53rd with 52.93Mbps, Oman jumped 20 places higher to 66th with 42.22Mbps, Bahrain fell three places lower to 95th with 26.98Mbps.