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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

du announces full year 2012 results

Posted on 20/02/2013

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC ("du") yesterday announced its financial results for the full year and the fourth quarter of 2012, reporting the sixth consecutive year of strong performance for the company. It also announced proposing its second dividend payment to shareholders. Ahmad Bin Byat, Chairman of du, said: "With pride, I can report another year of strong performance across all areas of our business. we are delighted that the Board of Directors has recommended ...  >>MORE

du launches Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution

Posted on 13/02/2013

As part of its rapidly expanding managed services offerings, du - the UAE's integrated telecommunications service provider, yesterday announced the launch of Mobile Device Management (MDM), offering both on-premise and cloud based solutions for businesses to manage corporate data on personal mobile devices of their employees built on MobileIron, the leading platform for securing and managing mobile apps, documents, and devices. du's MDM solution provides a secure gateway that connects the ...  >>MORE

etisalat offers international calls at local rates

Posted on 12/02/2013

etisalat yesterday introduced a new Wasel International Add-on, which allows Wasel prepaid customers to make international calls at prices equivalent to that of local calls. With the new Wasel International Add-on, customers will pay only 0.5 fils per second for international calls - same rate as they pay for making domestic calls - when they call six destinations: etisalat networks in Egypt & Sri Lanka and all networks in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh & China. Billing is on per second basis ...  >>MORE

etisalat Group chooses LinkedIn to transform talent acquisition

Posted on 12/02/2013

LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network with more than 200 million members worldwide and over five million professionals in the MENA region, and etisalat Group, one of the world's leading telecommunications companies, which has operations spanning fifteen countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, announced an agreement that will see etisalat utilise LinkedIn's Talent Solutions to enhance its' hiring strategy in the region. etisalat's UAE operations are strategically located at ...  >>MORE

Etisalat shortlisted for four GSMA Global Mobile Awards

Posted on 10/02/2013

The etisalat Group has been shortlisted for four GSMA Global Mobile Awards for its advanced service portfolio. The Global Mobile Awards are the telecommunications industry's most prestigious international awards and etisalat's nominations in 2013 follow its successful participation in the 2012 awards which saw it awarded thrice. Etisalat's work in the rollout and commercialisation of advanced mobile financial services across continents was highlighted with two nominations in the "Best NFC/ ...  >>MORE

Etisalat fires silent salvo in VoIP calling market

Posted on 05/02/2013

Etisalat has launched an international voice over internet protocol (VoIP) calling card in the UAE to compete with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), the holding company of Du. EITC launched the first VoIP calling card – Hello! – in April 2010. It is not marketed under Du's brand name. "Hello! cards are available only at select outlets and targeted at labourers,” a Du spokesperson said. The big question is why do telco operators launch new services without any ...  >>MORE

etisalat CEO addresses WEF

Posted on 28/01/2013

Davos: Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, CEO of etisalat Group, has said at World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos that customers have shifted their behaviour online, creating incentives for operators, legislators and the information communications technology (ICT) community as a whole to adapt their business and processes to keep pace. "Mobile has become an integral part of our customer's daily lives, shaping how they purchase, consume media, communicate with one another and even access public services ...  >>MORE

etisalat among world’s largest 500 listed companies

Posted on 28/01/2013

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (etisalat) is among 500 listed companies in the world in terms of market value as at the end of December 2012 with US$19.5 billion, according to Financial Times data. etisalat came in the 464th place in the list, which included GCC's Sabic from Saudi Arabia in the 89th place, Al Rajhi Bank of Saudi Arabia in the 347th place, Qatar National Bank in the 356th place and Qatar Industries in the 384th place. The market value of the largest 500 companies ...  >>MORE

Leading m-content developers to converge in Abu Dhabi for 2013 World Summit Award - Mobile

Posted on 28/01/2013

Abu Dhabi will be transformed into a global hub for mobile content from February 3 to 5, 2013, as venue of the prestigious 2013 World Summit Award (WSA) - Mobile Content taking place at the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers by the Abu Dhabi Corniche. A special Gala Dinner will honour the ground-breaking mobile applications of 40 winners from around the world. Eight WSA Mobile Global Champions will receive special recognition for their outstanding solutions. WSA-Mobile is the only Information and ...  >>MORE

du partners with Alcatel-Lucent to boost converged service offerings in the UAE

Posted on 23/01/2013

With an eye on the proliferation of mobile data and broadband, du announced a partnership agreement with Alcatel-Lucent to deploy the latest in IP-routing technology to achieve convergence in its telecom services. Demand for high-speed broadband access, IPTV services, mobile video and more is expanding dramatically in the UAE. By deploying state-of-the-art IP routing technology from Alcatel-Lucent, du will eliminate the need to manage multiple networks, simplifying network operations. Under ...  >>MORE

Etisalat: Submission of Preliminary Expression of Interest for Vivendi's 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom

Posted on 18/01/2013

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) yesterday submitted a preliminary expression of interest to acquire Vivendi's 53 per cent shareholding in Itissalat Al-Maghrib ("Maroc Telecom").Maroc Telecom, a publicly listed company on both the Casablanca and Euronext (Paris) Stock Exchanges, is Morocco's leading integrated telecom operator with international operations in four West African countries.Etisalat's interest in Maroc Telecom is consistent with our stated strategy of selective ...  >>MORE

1.6m new mobile phone users in 10 months in UAE

Posted on 02/01/2013

Nearly 1.62 million new mobile phone users joined the UAE market in the first 10 months of 2012 to push the total number of subscribers to a record high of 13.34 million, official data showed on Wednesday. Fixed line users increased by nearly 115,000 but the number of internet subscribers through routers and fixed lines declined by nearly 378,000 during that period as many of them switched to smart phones browsers, showed the figures by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). A ...  >>MORE

CDNetworks selects Etisalat's SmartHub to enhance online shopping

Posted on 27/12/2012

Etisalat has recently formed a regional strategic partnership with CDNetworks through Etisalat's SmartHub, to allow greater opportunities for e-commerce and online purchases in the UAE. The partnership with Etisalat means that the UAE is the latest country to become CDNetworks point of presence (PoP) in the Middle East, joining Turkey, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with CDNetworks now having more than 140 PoPs worldwide. "With 70% of the UAE population online, CDNetwork customers will ...  >>MORE

Du partners with Qualys to deliver cloud security services

Posted on 20/12/2012

The Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, du, and Qualys, Inc., a provider of cloud security and compliance solutions, have announced an agreement to deliver vulnerability and compliance management services to businesses in the UAE. Du will manage and deliver, through the du cloud, the QualysGuard suite of IT security and compliance solutions, which include vulnerability management, web application scanning, PCI compliance and policy compliance solutions. "Our agreement with Qualys ...  >>MORE

du secures US$100 million financing to support business growth

Posted on 17/12/2012

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC ("du") yesterday announced the signing of a financing deal for a US$100m three year loan facility to fund its capital investment in the business. du signed the investment agreement with the Dubai branch of Singapore-based DBS Bank, a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 200 branches across 15 markets. DBS also has a growing presence in Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. Pranam Wahi, Managing Director and Head of DBS ...  >>MORE

Telecom royalty rates set

Posted on 11/12/2012

The UAE government on Monday set royalty rates on the country's two telecom operators — etisalat and du — for the period of 2012 to 2016. Under the Ministry of Finance's new royalty formula, which includes a levy on revenues as well as profits, Abu Dhabi's etisalat would pay the federal government 15 per cent on its revenues and 35 per cent on profits between 2012 and 2015. Du, the Dubai-based operator, will be required to pay a 17.5 per cent royalty on profits and five per cent on revenues ...  >>MORE

Third of UAE GSM users have more than one SIM

Posted on 10/12/2012

Nearly a third or the UAE's mobile phone users have more than one SIM cards with different numbers and most of them cited attractive promotional offers by the country's two service providers for their decision. A survey carried out by the Regulatory Telecommunications Authority (TRA), which oversees the telecom sector in the second largest Arab economy, showed nearly 68 of the nearly 13 million mobile phone subscribers have one SIM card. "The survey shows about 32 per cent have more than ...  >>MORE

Du, US firm set up data centre in Dubai

Posted on 21/11/2012

UAE's telecom operator du and California's Equinix launched an alliance on Tuesday to open an US$80 million (Dh293.6 million) data centre in Dubai to offer faster internet speeds in the Gulf region. In a joint statement, the companies said the hub would be the first of its kind in the Middle East and would be operational from January 2013. It will be "carrier neutral," meaning telecom operators other than du will be able to use it. Equinix, which has about 90 data facilities globally and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat-Huawei partnership to cover 4G network

Posted on 14/11/2012

Shanghai: Etisalat says its strategic partnership with China-based Huawei would enable it to cover 85 per cent of the UAE's populated areas under the advanced 4G LTE-FDD (fourth generation long-term evolution frequency-division duplexing) network in 2013. "Etisalat and Huawei's close cooperation in pioneering the world's most advanced ICT [information and communication technology] products and services, can deliver faster and more accessible telecom services to our customers across the UAE. ...  >>MORE

Etisalat offers per second billing plan

Posted on 13/11/2012

In a major development, Emirates Telecommunication Corporation or Etisalat has introduced a new Wasel per- second billing plan offering its pre-paid customers higher savings on both local and international calls, with effect from Monday. "Per-second billing from Etisalat means that a customer only needs to pay for the exact number of seconds used on a call. This simplifies the billing process and maximises savings for the customer making it easy to calculate the cost of each local or ...  >>MORE

Etisalat takes aim at $3bn MENA Digital Services market

Posted on 08/11/2012

The potential value of providing Digital Entertainment, Applications and other Digital and Commerce Services in the Middle East and North Africa could exceed US$3bn by 2015, according to the Etisalat Group's Chief Digital Services Officer who was speaking at a conference in Dubai on Tuesday. Chief Digital Services Officer Khalifa Al Shamsi said: "Although telecommunications companies need to protect their core voice and access services, they also realise that digital services is a growth ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches first flagship store in Sri Lanka

Posted on 01/11/2012

Colombo, Sri Lanka: As part Etisalat's broader plan of expanding operations and coverage around the country while introducing new technology and solutions that will boost the mobile telecommunications sector, Etisalat Lanka recently announced the launch of its first flagship store in Sri Lanka serving as a one-stop shop for customers to experience new products and services. Located at Etisalat Lanka's corporate office here, the new store was inaugurated by Abdulhamid Abdul Fattah Al-Mulla, ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group scoops four Gold Stevie Awards

Posted on 30/10/2012

Seoul: Etisalat Group, the telecommunications corporation with operations in 15 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has won four Gold Stevie Awards at the 2012 International Business Awards ceremony, held in the South Korean capital, Seoul. The ceremony was attended by First Secretary at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Seoul Saeed Ali Al Zoabi on behalf of Etisalat. Etisalat Group won four Gold Stevie award in the four categories entered, including Executive of the ...  >>MORE

UAE mobile phone users peak at 12.9 million

Posted on 29/10/2012

More than 88,000 new users joined the UAE's mobile phone market in August to push the total number of GSM in the second largest Arab economy to a record high of around 12.9 million, according to official data. At that level, the UAE maintained its position as having one of the world's highest mobile phone penetration rates, standing at 159 per cent at the end of August this year, showed the figures by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). The report showed around 913,000 new ...  >>MORE

Du Q3 profit up 34%, margins rise

Posted on 23/10/2012

Du, the UAE's No.2 telecom operator, reported a 34 per cent rise in third-quarter net profit on Monday, narrowly missing analysts' estimates, despite increasing margins and adding new mobile and fixed line customers. The firm, which ended rival Etisalat's domestic monopoly in 2007, made a net profit after royalty of Dh326.9 million (US$89.00 million) in the three months to September 30, compared with Dh244.3 million in the year-earlier period, according to a company statement. Du provisions ...  >>MORE

TRA launches UAEpediaas centralised online resource for all things UAE

Posted on 16/10/2012

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) launched UAEpedia at GITEX yesterday, designed to become the first comprehensive online encyclopaedia on the UAE. The website follows an open-source model, allowing the broader public to contribute and modify content. "We present this achievement to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and to Their ...  >>MORE

TRA extends deadline for registration of mobile subscribers

Posted on 16/10/2012

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed the extension of the deadline for the registration of mobile subscribers that comes in the context of the campaign launched by the TRA, "My Number, My Identity", organised in cooperation with licensees in the UAE "etisalat" and "du" to raise awareness about the new procedures governing registration requirements for subscribers to get SIM cards and mobile services from licensees. Licensees will extend the timeframe for the first ...  >>MORE

Etisalat begins Gitex at speed of 300Mbps

Posted on 15/10/2012

Etisalat's customers will become the first in the Middle East to enjoy transformational Internet speeds in their homes as Etisalat announces launch of 300Mbps speeds, allowing superfast access to content, gaming, video streaming, social media, downloads and much more. As part of Etisalat's eLife double play and triple play service, Etisalat is set to launch the blazing, 10 times faster Internet speeds for residential customers by end of October 2012. As of yesterday, eLife service now ...  >>MORE

Dubai visa services now on smartphones

Posted on 15/10/2012

The General Directorate for Residency and Foreigner Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai has launched a new Smartphone application that allows residents to make queries on visa issues. The free app will allow users to apply for visa renewals, access M-Visa services, and elicit answers for their queries on general visa issues. The GDRFA introduced its new e-service during the 32nd edition of Gitex Technology Week which kicked off yesterday. Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, director general of ...  >>MORE

Etisalat invested Dh15b in its fibre optic network, says Al- Abdouli

Posted on 14/10/2012

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (etisalat) has invested a total of Dh 15 billion on its fibre optic network, CEO of Etisalat Saleh Al Abdouli told WAM in an interview. "No returns have been made yet from the fibre optic network by etisalat, but with this achievement, we contributed to the process of sustainable development in the UAE and achieved network readiness," Al Abdouli added. "For etisalat, investments in infrastructure is long-term and it would contribute to the ...  >>MORE

Du tests two regional firsts on its 4G LTE network

Posted on 14/10/2012

Du has announced the successful testing of two regional firsts on its LTE 4G network. These two additions will greatly improve the user experience when launched, by adding constant connectivity to allow customers to both make calls and use their data services at the same time, and improving smartphone battery life. In addition, du has successfully tested mobile broadband speeds of up to 300Mbps. Visitors to du's stand (#Z-F20) at GITEX Technology Week 2012 will be able to experience this speed ...  >>MORE

Etisalat completes the highest 4G LTE speed test in the world reaching 300 Mbps

Posted on 30/09/2012

Etisalat has announced the completion of the highest 4G LTE speed test in the world, reaching speeds of 300 Mbps. This lightning-fast speed is a breakthrough for the international telecommunications industry and establishes Etisalat as a global leader in mobile broadband. Saleh Al Abdooli, CEO of Etisalat said this world-first achievement by Etisalat adds to its high success record achieved over the past decades. "I am delighted to announce that Etisalat has successfully completed the test for ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group finalises sale of 9.1 percent stake in PT XL Axiata Tbk

Posted on 20/09/2012

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) yesterday announced that it has finalised the sale of a 9.1 percent stake in PT XL Axiata Tbk (XL), an Indonesian mobile telecommunications provider. The sale of the 775 million shares to institutional investors capitalised on the recent rally in XL Axiata's stock price and resulted in gross proceeds of Dh 1,870 million to Etisalat. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group said: "The sale is in line with the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi to host UN World Summit Award - Mobile Content in 2013

Posted on 18/09/2012

Abu Dhabi is set to host the best producers, developers and designers for mobile content between 3-5 February 2013 at The Abu Dhabi Systems '&' Information Centre (ADSIC) has signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the World Summit Award (WSA) to bring the world's best to Abu Dhabi. The Agreement was signed at ADSIC HQ by Rashed Lahej Al Mansouri, ADSIC Director General, and Prof. Dr. Peter A. Bruck, Chairman of the WSA Board of Directors. The World Summit Award is a follow-up activity of ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches world's most comprehensive mobile commerce service in Nigeria

Posted on 15/09/2012

Etisalat Group, the telecommunications corporation with operations in 16 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, yesterday announced the commercial launch of the most comprehensive and accessible package of mobile commerce features currently available globally in Nigeria. This is the first time in the world when customers can access a Mobile Commerce service of multiple schemes and banks through the intuitive user interface installed directly on consumer SIM cards. The user interface ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group Sells 775 million shares in PT XL AxiataTbk

Posted on 15/09/2012

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), headquarters in Abu Dhabi confirmed yesterday that it has sold a total of 775 million shares in PT XL AxiataTbk ("XL"), one of the Group's 16 Operating Companies, and located in Indonesia. The 775 million shares represent a total of 9.1% of XL's issued share capital, representing a value of approximately AED 1.87 billion before commission and expenses. The settlement of the Placing is expected to take place on 18 September, 2012. ...  >>MORE

Etisalat in Dh1.8bn stake sale bid

Posted on 13/09/2012

Etisalat, the UAE's biggest telecommunications operator, expects to raise US$502 million (Dh1.84 billion) selling most of its stake in an Indonesian mobile operator and analysts say further foreign divestments are likely to follow. The company yesterday revealed it would reduce its 13.29 per cent holding in XL Axiata, which it bought for US$440m in 2007. "Etisalat has initiated a process to sell-down its stake in PT XL Axiata," said Serkan Okandan, the chief financial officer at Etisalat ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to cancel unverified SIM cards

Posted on 10/09/2012

Etisalat's mobile subscribers who got SMSs from the telecom service provider should update their personal information within three months, failing which their mobile connection will be disconnected and later on their SIM card numbers will be cancelled, a top etisalat official told Gulf News. Hassan Al Abdouli, Director of Channel Management at etisalat, said: "Etisalat has sent SMSs to 1.5 million subscribers kindly asking them to update their personal data within three months, otherwise they ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches new data plans

Posted on 09/09/2012

Etisalat announced the launch of the UAE's first ever unlimited daily and 100MB weekly data plans for new and existing Wasel prepaid mobile customers. The new plans, which will be available from today, give more choice and control to mobile Prepaid Internet users. The newly-announced plans are priced at a daily rate of Dh5 for an unlimited data plan and Dh20 for a generous 100MB weekly data plan. Etisalat has also reduced the monthly plan and pack charges to a lower monthly rate of Dh99 ...  >>MORE

TRA and the National Media Council discuss preserving users' privacy

Posted on 06/09/2012

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the National Media Council (NMC) examined venues of cooperation between in the area of observance and safeguarding the privacy of mobile phone users in the UAE, particularly in regard to reducing spam via mobile phones. The coordination meeting was held yesterday at the Head office of the Council in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Mohammad Nasser Al-Ghanim, TRA Director General and Ibrahim Al-Abed, Director General of the National Media ...  >>MORE

TRA lab attains global acclaim

Posted on 02/09/2012

The TRA accomplished a new international achievement when the Digital Forensics Lab at aeCERT in the TRA, got the international accreditation by the American Society of Criminal Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB). The UAE becomes the only state in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region to obtain this accreditation. With this achievement, the results of investigations carried out by the Digital Forensics Lab at the TRA is recognised not in the UAE only, but ...  >>MORE

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du announces full year 2012 results


du launches Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution


etisalat offers international calls at local rates


etisalat Group chooses LinkedIn to transform talent acquisition


Etisalat shortlisted for four GSMA Global Mobile Awards


Etisalat fires silent salvo in VoIP calling market


etisalat CEO addresses WEF


etisalat among world’s largest 500 listed companies


Leading m-content developers to converge in Abu Dhabi for 2013 World Summit Award - Mobile


du partners with Alcatel-Lucent to boost converged service offerings in the UAE


Etisalat: Submission of Preliminary Expression of Interest for Vivendi's 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom


1.6m new mobile phone users in 10 months in UAE


CDNetworks selects Etisalat's SmartHub to enhance online shopping


Du partners with Qualys to deliver cloud security services


du secures US$100 million financing to support business growth


Telecom royalty rates set


Third of UAE GSM users have more than one SIM


Du, US firm set up data centre in Dubai


Etisalat-Huawei partnership to cover 4G network


Etisalat offers per second billing plan


Etisalat takes aim at $3bn MENA Digital Services market


Etisalat launches first flagship store in Sri Lanka


Etisalat Group scoops four Gold Stevie Awards


UAE mobile phone users peak at 12.9 million


Du Q3 profit up 34%, margins rise


TRA launches UAEpediaas centralised online resource for all things UAE


TRA extends deadline for registration of mobile subscribers


Etisalat begins Gitex at speed of 300Mbps


Dubai visa services now on smartphones


Etisalat invested Dh15b in its fibre optic network, says Al- Abdouli


Du tests two regional firsts on its 4G LTE network


Etisalat completes the highest 4G LTE speed test in the world reaching 300 Mbps


Etisalat Group finalises sale of 9.1 percent stake in PT XL Axiata Tbk


Abu Dhabi to host UN World Summit Award - Mobile Content in 2013


Etisalat launches world's most comprehensive mobile commerce service in Nigeria


Etisalat Group Sells 775 million shares in PT XL AxiataTbk


Etisalat in Dh1.8bn stake sale bid


Etisalat to cancel unverified SIM cards


Etisalat launches new data plans


TRA and the National Media Council discuss preserving users' privacy


TRA lab attains global acclaim