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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Etisalat’s operating expenses amount to AED 34.6 billion in 2016

Posted on 11/04/2017

The total operating expenses of Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC, Etisalat, amounted to AED 34.6 billion from AED 32.75 billion last year. The 5.6 percent growth, which excludes the royalty fees to the Federal Government , comes on the back of tremendous business development and strong performance by the Group in 18 markets across the world. The group's total operating profits rose to AED11.4 billion, with net profits increasing by 2 percent, compared to the previous year, to ...  >>MORE

UAE leads region in domain names registrations: TRA

Posted on 27/02/2017

By registering more than 205,000 national domain names (.ae) by the end of February 2017, the UAE has maintained its lead in the Arab region in registering national domain names, a Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) official told the Emirates News Agency, WAM. "The national domain name is a key element in the development of the internet industry in the UAE, as it represents an important form of digital identity for any company or institution operating in the UAE. It also contributes ...  >>MORE

Du provides Dubai Taxi with wi-fi, smart screen

Posted on 29/12/2016

du, the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, has entered into a new cooperative agreement with Dubai Taxi Corporation of the Roads and Transport Authority to provide country-wide wi-fi access and smart screens in 500 cars of the Dubai Airport Fleet. Wi-fi UAE is a country-wide initiative by du to enable wi-fi access to the public, in line with UAE Vision 2021. The smart screens will be provided through du's partnership with Malaysian ICT solutions developer, Gigalink Solutions for ...  >>MORE

UAE among 16 countries completing 20,000 km subsea cable infrastructure on schedule

Posted on 28/12/2016

The 16-member SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium, in which UAE telecom provider du is a stakeholder, recently announced the completion of its 20,000-kilometer subsea cable infrastructure on schedule. The project is in-line with the UAE National Vision 2021 and the National Agenda of sustainable environment and infrastructure. The UAE is an emerging business hub in the region and investments from du were instrumental in bringing SEA-ME-WE 5 to the UAE, du said in a statement today. South East Asia–Middle ...  >>MORE

Financial results for du's third quarter of 2016 announced

Posted on 02/11/2016

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, du, yesterday published its financial results for the third quarter of 2016, showing a 2.9% rise in revenue to AED3.14 billion. Net profit before royalty rose 2.4% to AED 995.1 million. Commenting on the results, Osman Sultan, du's Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our consistent focus on improving the entire customer experience, while providing the right mix of products and services to the market, has resulted in a steady performance during the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group reports net profit of AED 6.2 billion in nine months of 2016

Posted on 27/10/2016

The Etisalat Group has reported a net profit of AED6.2 billion for the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 9 percent compared to same period last year. The consolidated financial statements issued yesterday show that consolidated revenues of the group amounted to AED13.2 billion and increased year-over-year by 3 percent. Similarly consolidated net profit after Federal Royalty amounted to AED1.9 billion, registering an increase of 16 percent after adjusting for the impact of sale of ...  >>MORE

TRA signs two new agreements worth AED42m with Dubai University

Posted on 17/10/2016

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the signing of two new agreements worth over AED42 million through TRA's financing entity ICT Fund. The agreements are in line with the TRA's continuing commitment to help in the growth and development of the UAE's academic segment, especially universities and colleges. The signing of the agreements also follows the TRA's efforts to prepare national human resources to support the economic sectors in the country with qualified ...  >>MORE

TRA launches ‘Single sign-on’ initiative

Posted on 10/10/2016

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has recently launched the first phase of SmartPass service through the Single sign-on (SSO) initiative, to use unified data for government transactions online using a single access point. The initiative is one of the 22 initiatives of the smart government to achieve the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. "Our aim for the next phase is connecting the smart services ...  >>MORE

Four UAE entries shortlisted for ALECSO Mobile Apps Award

Posted on 09/10/2016

Four innovative mobile applications have entered the final stage of the second annual ALECSO Arab Mobile Applications Award, which is being hosted by the UAE this year and organised by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), in collaboration with the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO). These four applications, which were written for education, culture, science and educational games, reached the final judging stage of the competition, besting 1,350 ...  >>MORE

TRA to highlight role of ICT in human, social development at GITEX 2016

Posted on 04/09/2016

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is set to showcase 12 innovative information and communications technology (ICT) projects aimed at serving human and social development, health, education, and security, among many others, during its participation in GITEX Technology Week 2016, to be held from 16th to 20th October. The telecom regulator said its aim is to provide a complete view of ICT (information and communications technologies) - a vital link for various sectors- and ...  >>MORE

UAE's telecom regulator commences phase 2 of Taghtia initiative

Posted on 27/08/2016

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is conducting a series of periodic surveys as part of the second phase of an initiative to determine the quality of services provided by operators across developing areas in the country, the regulator said on Friday. Focused on the country's developing areas, the second phase of Taghtia (coverage in Arabic) initiative will include a wider range of internal and external field surveys designed to assess the services of communications networks in ...  >>MORE

UAE and Estonia discuss best smart e-service practices

Posted on 24/08/2016

A delegation from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, and several other government entities yesterday began a three-day official visit to Estonia. The visit aims to exchange knowledge and experiences regarding the UAE's recent achievements in the smart transformation of its e-services, and promote joint collaboration between the two countries. The UAE delegation was led by Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, the TRA Director-General, together with top-level officials from the Prime ...  >>MORE

TRA concludes 2nd Summer Innovation Camp

Posted on 23/08/2016

Over 2,000 students have participated in second Summer Innovation Camp of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, which was organised to support an innovation culture and urge youths to find innovative solutions as well as encourage them to speak out on their creative ideas in more than 24 activities. Most activities were focused on technical and IT skills, in addition to creative life skills for daily living, sports activities, and personality evaluation. The camp also organised ...  >>MORE

du announces UAE 5G Innovation Gate for development of next generation 5G & IoT systems

Posted on 10/08/2016

Telecommunications service provider (du) announced the establishment of UAE 5G Innovation Gate (U5GIG). The U5GIG has been envisioned to be a consortium of technical and academic organisations in the UAE as well as global telecom vendors, to plan and use their expertise to define and develop a global 5G network that will radically change lives across the UAE. du is taking the lead to build a UAE 5G Innovation Lab to prototype, test and validate early 5G and Internet of Things ( IoT) equipment ...  >>MORE

TRA reveals data for Q1 2016 on UAE market share of mobile handsets, smartphones and social networking sites

Posted on 08/08/2016

ABU DHABI, 8th August, 2016 (WAM) -- The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has revealed statistics for the first quarter of 2016 on the nation's most popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and applications websites. The report reveals the market share of mobile phones in the UAE by manufacturer and model, and according to the report, between 1st January and 30th March, 2016, 68.91 percent of handsets registered on UAE networks were smartphones. In terms of ...  >>MORE

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority warns against groups using electronic games to incite sedition

Posted on 07/08/2016

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has warned the public that some criminal groups propagating radical ideologies may exploit the chat features across some of today's electronic games -- spreading violent ideas and encouraging rebellious actions among youth and adolescents. Since emotions can be manipulated and minds can be influenced through messages and conversations, young people remain susceptible to exploitation and criminal groups could lead them to the wrong path. The ...  >>MORE

du proposes return of AED594.3 million at 13 fils per share in interim 2016 dividends

Posted on 01/08/2016

The Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, known as du, has said it plans to distribute AED594.3 million of interim dividends to its shareholders for the first half of 2016 at 13 fils per share, subject to approval at the General Meeting in September 2016. In its published financial results for the second quarter of 2016, du delivered AED 3.07 billion in revenue, down 0.8% from Q2 2015. Half year revenue of AED 6.16 billion was 0.2% up on prior year (AED 6.14 billion). Net profit ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group reports net profit increase of 51 per cent compared to the same period last year

Posted on 28/07/2016

Emirates Telecommunications Group Co. (Etisalat Group) reported a consolidated net profit (after federal royalty) of AED 2.3 billion for the second quarter of 2016, a 51 percent year-on-year rise. "The increase in profit is attributed to lower finance costs, incurring forex gain during the period as compared to forex loss in the same period last year, lower federal royalty and lower share of results from associates and discontinued operations," the telco said in a statement. Revenues stood at ...  >>MORE

TRA opens 2nd Summer Innovation Camp

Posted on 18/07/2016

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, yesterday opened the 2nd edition of its ‘Summer Innovation Camp,' a month-long initiative that will run until August 18th. The initiative has been designed to cultivate the spirit of innovation and creativity among young Emiratis, while also teaching them more about the local telecommunications and information technology sectors through different events and activities held throughout the country. This year's edition of the event has been ...  >>MORE

TRA issues warning against mobile online games that request geographical location of users

Posted on 16/07/2016

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has warned all smart mobile and device users about playing online electronic games that request their geographical locations, which could be used against them for criminal activities. The warning was issued in the light of the growing popularity of online games, especially Pokemon Go, which invades the privacy of users and allowing criminal elements like hackers to spy on them and know when they are in isolated places--giving them the ...  >>MORE

WiFi, kiosk and mini mart at 100 bus stops in Dubai

Posted on 16/07/2016

A hundred bus stops in Dubai have been converted into smart shelters, each equipped with free WiFi, a smart kiosk, a mini mart and much more. In the next phase, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is planning to set up 400 more such stops. "At this stage, we have installed 100 Smart Shelters. We will study the customers' feedback on the service and identify areas of development. Once we are satisfied with the service, we will consider additional locations and will commence the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat rolls out Voice-over-LTE service

Posted on 11/07/2016

Etisalat announced on Sunday the launch of the UAE's first Voice-over-LTE service (VoLTE) allowing mobile customers, both pre-paid and post-paid, to use LTE for full voice and data services. The service will bring about improvements in the quality of voice and video calls, and will provide customers a range of advantages including high-definition voice calls and many rich-media services. At the time of the launch, the VoLTE service will be enabled on Samsung S6 and S6 Edge devices, but there ...  >>MORE

TRA educates guardians to guard children against online blackmail

Posted on 02/07/2016

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has urged users of social networking sites and guardians to safeguard privacy on social networking sites to protect children from exposure to blackmail. This announcement was made at a symposium attended by the TRA on online blackmail. It was organised in cooperation with the Dubai Police's Al Amin Service and the Community Development Authority in Dubai at Rashidiya Majlis to educate parents about online blackmail involving children, which ...  >>MORE

1,300 participations at ALECSO Apps Award, UAE telecom regulator says

Posted on 27/06/2016

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE today said a total of 1,300 mobile applications are participating in the second ALECSO Apps Award, a mobile app development competition launched by the Arab League of Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO). In a press release, the TRA said the winners will be awarded at a gala awards ceremony in Dubai in November 2016 on the sidelines of the UAE Innovation Week, a national celebration of innovation declared by ...  >>MORE

du, etisalat put up 10 distinguished telephone numbers for sale to highest bidders as part of reading nation auction

Posted on 19/06/2016

Emirates Telecommunications Group Company (Etisalat Group) and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (Du), yesterday reiterated their sustained support to the Reading Nation charity auction that will run on June 21 at the Madinat Jumeirah, under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Etisalat and Du have announced that they will put up ten distinguished telephone numbers for sale at the ...  >>MORE

TRA discusses plans to allocate new bandwidth frequencies compatible with 5G mobile networks

Posted on 15/06/2016

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is discussing plans to allocate new bandwidth frequencies compatible with 5th generation (5G) mobile networks, enable airlines to provide high-speed broadband Internet connection during flights at lower costs, and develop a global maritime distress system. These initiatives were revealed during its participation at a recently-held seminar organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Geneva. The TRA, which is heading the ...  >>MORE

UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority puts a cap on mobile data bundles

Posted on 02/06/2016

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the UAE on Wednesday issued a directive ordering etisalat and du to put a ceiling or hard cap on their respective mobile data bundles in a bid to protect consumers from unwittingly incurring disproportionately higher additional charges. Directive (1) of 2016 applies to all mobile data bundles, whether included as part of the main subscription or purchased as an optional add-on. The directive obligates the operators to limit the supply of ...  >>MORE

Etisalat, Huawei collaborate to deliver first MEA 10Gbps broadband service

Posted on 31/05/2016

Etisalat UAE, a leading telecom service provider together with Huawei, a leading global ICT (information and communications technology solutions) provider, have announced the successful collaboration of a new FTTH solution to provide 10Gbps broadband service. Consumers today require high internet speeds for real-time 4K video streaming, low-latency cloud gaming, desk cloud system, and large file transfers. The launch of the 10Gbps service will enable users to experience and enjoy the fastest ...  >>MORE

TRA confirms UAE to host International Telecommunication Union’s Plenipotentiary Conference in 2018

Posted on 28/05/2016

A high-level delegation from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, is representing the UAE at the 2016 session of the International Telecommunication Union, ITU, which was opened last May 25th, 2016 and will run until June 2nd, 2016 at the ITU's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The TRA is an elected member of the council, which is composed of 48 member countries out of the ITU's 193 members. This is the countries third time to be elected and its eleventh time to participate in ...  >>MORE

Telecommunication Regulatory Authority signs agreement with ITU & Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program

Posted on 20/05/2016

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) has signed a cooperative agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN's specialised agency for information and communications technologies, and Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program during their participation at the SAMENA Telecom Leaders' Summit 2016 held recently in Dubai. The agreement is aimed at coordinating joint efforts in assisting and providing consultation to countries who have expressed their interests in ...  >>MORE

RTA Call Centre handles half a million calls in 1st Qtr 2016

Posted on 11/05/2016

The Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has revealed that its Call Centre received 529,495 calls during the first quarter of 2016, recording a response time of 12 seconds per call which compared well with the targeted rate of 20 seconds per call. The number of calls handled during the same time last year was 520,258 calls. Ahmed Mahboub, Director of Customer Service at RTA's Corporate Administrative Support Services Sector, said, "Receiving more than half a million calls within three months is ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group reports rise in revenues for first quarter of 2016

Posted on 27/04/2016

Etisalat Group yesterday announced its consolidated financial statements for the three months ending 31st March 2016, registering a rise in revenues to AED12.9bn. Saleh Al Abdooli, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group, said, "Etisalat's first quarter results are a continuation of the strong performance the company has achieved over the years. Despite a challenging set of circumstances facing the telecoms industry today, Etisalat Group continues to deliver strong performance and value for ...  >>MORE

du Q1 2016 revenue grows 1.3% to AED3.09 billion

Posted on 27/04/2016

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (du) yesterday published its financial results for the first quarter of 2016 registering a 1.3% rise in revenue to AED 3.09 billion, while net profit before royalty rose by 10.4% to AED 1.02 billion. The report said the revenue grew to AED 3.09 billion, a 1.3% increase compared to 2015 (AED 3.05 billion). Net profit before royalty grew 10.4% to AED 1.02 billion compared to 2015 (AED 925.0 million). Net profit after royalty stood at AED 480.1 ...  >>MORE

New submarine cables to bring faster internet to UAE

Posted on 21/04/2016

Faster, and possibly cheaper, internet could be in store for residents following the expected completion of a number of regional submarine telecommunication cable projects this year. "From the end-users perspective, which is through your mobile, you will have a faster speed," said Omar Jassim bin Kalban, managing director and chief executive of E-marine, a Dubai-based submarine cable and installation company. "It would also give a chance to the operators to consider a revision of the price, ...  >>MORE

du wins Best Satellite Services Innovation of the Year Award

Posted on 19/04/2016

du has been awarded the Best Satellite Services Innovation of the Year award at the 12th annual Digital Studio Awards held recently at Conrad Dubai. Last year, the UAE telecommunications company integrated its broadcast and telecom assets to create a world-class media platform and support the growth of the industry throughout the Middle East. du's media platform enables seamless content distribution over satellite through its Samacom Teleport, and Over The Top (OTT) through the datamena ICT ...  >>MORE

Etisalat AGM approves full-year 2015 dividends of 80 fils per

Posted on 28/03/2016

At Etisalat's annual general meeting, held at the company's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, shareholders have backed the board's recommendation to pay full-year 2015 dividends of 80s fils per share. After the release of the Group's 2015 annual results, the board proposed the dividend share, which is a reflection of the strong results achieved during the fiscal year ended on 31 December. Etisalat's net profit after Federal Royalty reached AED 8.3 billion, resulting in a net profit margin of 16 per ...  >>MORE

GCC to slash roaming rates for voice calls, outgoing SMS, and mobile data services by 40% as of 1st of April 2016

Posted on 25/03/2016

RIYADH: GCC member states have decided to apply reduced roaming rates for voice calls, outgoing SMS, and mobile data services as of 1st of April 2016, a senior GCC official has announced. 'An average 40 percent cut will be in effect in the first phase of new reduction rates. Incoming SMS application will remain free,' Abdullah bin Juma Al Shibli, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs of the Secretariat of the GCC, said, noting that mobile phone users in the GCC member states could ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and Huawei to collaborate on Etisalat Cloud Factory

Posted on 01/03/2016

Etisalat Group and Huawei have announced plans to work on the first ever Proof of Concept and design for an all-inclusive network architecture for the Etisalat Regional Cloud Factory. Once developed, the enterprise solutions provided by the innovative Cloud Factory will be offered to businesses across Etisalat's international footprint. The initiative will examine the technical and business requirements of virtualising Etisalat network functions; such as Operations Support Systems (OSS), ...  >>MORE

TRA calls UAE citizens and residents to vote for Emirati projects shortlisted for the WSIS Project Prizes 2016

Posted on 17/02/2016

The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector, TRA, has called all citizens and residents of the UAE to vote for the Emirati projects shortlisted for the World Summit on the Information Society, WSIS, Project Prizes 2016 contest, which is open for public voting until 10th March, the deadline set by the organising committee. This step comes within the framework of a broad campaign led by the TRA in collaboration with government entities to ensure a wide participation by ...  >>MORE

UAE's telecom regulator grants public satellite service license to Inmarsat

Posted on 28/01/2016

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has granted a public satellite service license to Inmarsat, a pioneer in mobile satellite communications powering global connectivity for more than three decades. The license grants Inmarsat a permission to offer mobile satellite communication services to public and private sector users within the UAE, in the government, media, maritime and aviation sectors. Additionally, Inmarsat's services will also be available to support humanitarian and ...  >>MORE

GCC CERTS Committee adopts UAE experience in combatting cyber blackmailing

Posted on 27/01/2016

The Gulf Cooperation Council's 11th GCC CERTS Committee has adopted the UAE experience in combatting cyber blackmailing at a meeting which was attended by the General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunication Sector, TRA, represented by its subsidiary, the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team, aeCERT, held last week in Riyadh. The meeting was chaired by Sulaiman Abdelrahman Al Samhan, Digital Forensics Supervisor, Communications and Information Technology Commission, CITC, of Saudi ...  >>MORE

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Etisalat’s operating expenses amount to AED 34.6 billion in 2016


UAE leads region in domain names registrations: TRA


Du provides Dubai Taxi with wi-fi, smart screen


UAE among 16 countries completing 20,000 km subsea cable infrastructure on schedule


Financial results for du's third quarter of 2016 announced


Etisalat Group reports net profit of AED 6.2 billion in nine months of 2016


TRA signs two new agreements worth AED42m with Dubai University


TRA launches ‘Single sign-on’ initiative


Four UAE entries shortlisted for ALECSO Mobile Apps Award


TRA to highlight role of ICT in human, social development at GITEX 2016


UAE's telecom regulator commences phase 2 of Taghtia initiative


UAE and Estonia discuss best smart e-service practices


TRA concludes 2nd Summer Innovation Camp


du announces UAE 5G Innovation Gate for development of next generation 5G & IoT systems


TRA reveals data for Q1 2016 on UAE market share of mobile handsets, smartphones and social networking sites


Telecommunications Regulatory Authority warns against groups using electronic games to incite sedition


du proposes return of AED594.3 million at 13 fils per share in interim 2016 dividends


Etisalat Group reports net profit increase of 51 per cent compared to the same period last year


TRA opens 2nd Summer Innovation Camp


TRA issues warning against mobile online games that request geographical location of users


WiFi, kiosk and mini mart at 100 bus stops in Dubai


Etisalat rolls out Voice-over-LTE service


TRA educates guardians to guard children against online blackmail


1,300 participations at ALECSO Apps Award, UAE telecom regulator says


du, etisalat put up 10 distinguished telephone numbers for sale to highest bidders as part of reading nation auction


TRA discusses plans to allocate new bandwidth frequencies compatible with 5G mobile networks


UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority puts a cap on mobile data bundles


Etisalat, Huawei collaborate to deliver first MEA 10Gbps broadband service


TRA confirms UAE to host International Telecommunication Union’s Plenipotentiary Conference in 2018


Telecommunication Regulatory Authority signs agreement with ITU & Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program


RTA Call Centre handles half a million calls in 1st Qtr 2016


Etisalat Group reports rise in revenues for first quarter of 2016


du Q1 2016 revenue grows 1.3% to AED3.09 billion


New submarine cables to bring faster internet to UAE


du wins Best Satellite Services Innovation of the Year Award


Etisalat AGM approves full-year 2015 dividends of 80 fils per


GCC to slash roaming rates for voice calls, outgoing SMS, and mobile data services by 40% as of 1st of April 2016


Etisalat and Huawei to collaborate on Etisalat Cloud Factory


TRA calls UAE citizens and residents to vote for Emirati projects shortlisted for the WSIS Project Prizes 2016


UAE's telecom regulator grants public satellite service license to Inmarsat


GCC CERTS Committee adopts UAE experience in combatting cyber blackmailing