Last Updated: Tue Sep 04, 2012 21:10 pm (KSA) 18:10 pm (GMT)

4G mobiles to be introduced in Saudi Arabia and UAE

The sale of smartphones reportedly grew 58 per cent in 2011, with 272 million units sold worldwide, accounting for 31 per cent of all mobile device sales. (Reuters)
The sale of smartphones reportedly grew 58 per cent in 2011, with 272 million units sold worldwide, accounting for 31 per cent of all mobile device sales. (Reuters)

Technology industry experts believe advanced mobile telecommunications service is about to grow rapidly throughout the Gulf region, with the UAE and Saudi Arabia leading the way, local media reported Tuesday.

The Al Khalij Times said 4G and Long Term Evolution, or LTE, technology will be prominent in discussion during this year’s Gulfcomms technology forum, which will run October 14–18 at the Dubai World Trade Center.

The latest technology allows for higher internet speeds — 150Mbps to download, 50Mbps upload – on mobile devices that enable users to access more videos and data.

Gulfcomms is the largest technology exhibition in Middle East, Africa and South Asia that focuses mainly on the innovative level in telecoms sector.

Video sharing, social media and smartphone applications are have been embraced by a bulk of the youth in the Arab world, where they make up 60 percent of its population.

The sale of smartphones reportedly grew 58 per cent in 2011, with 272 million units sold worldwide, accounting for 31 per cent of all mobile device sales.

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