Etisalat has launched the world's fastest mobile broadband service after successful trials in key cities across the UAE.
Commercial and personal customers will now be able to achieve speeds of up to 14.4 megabits per second (Mbps) wherever there is cellular reception.
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, chief operations officer at Etisalat, said that the record-breaking speeds have been made possible by the company's investment in fibre-optic telecommunications infrastructure which can carry data at a much faster rate than is typical elsewhere in the world.
In the UK, the fastest mobile broadband service offers up to 7.2 Mbps, while other providers offer up to 3.6 Mbps.
"In other countries where this technology has been deployed, the performance of the wireless network is limited by its reliance on legacy cable infrastructure in the operator's backbone," said Mr Julfar.
Mobile broadband can be used to access the internet using a PC, laptop, PDA or high-end mobile phone.