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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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

UAE elected Member of International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation Advisory Committee

Posted on 29/08/2012

The United Arab Emirates has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO) Advisory Committee. The selection came during the 35th Meeting of the Assembly of Parties held in Kampala, Uganda last month. The UAE is among a group of 21 nations to comprise this advisory committee whose objective is to further the ITSO commitment to develop a global satellite communications system. This committee will represent the 150 members of the organisation to ...  >>MORE

Average mobile phone bill in UAE stands at Dh1,569

Posted on 28/08/2012

Mobile phone users in the UAE paid nearly Dh20 billion in bills to Etisalat and du last year, providing the two service providers with nearly 77 per cent of their total income, official data showed on Monday. At the end of June 2012, mobile phone subscribers in the second largest Arab economy totalled 12.74 million, an increase of nearly one million since the beginning of the year, the figures showed. Etisalat, one of the largest telecom firms in the Middle East, had around seven million ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Information Services launches first Arabic domain of UAE Yellow Pages ".emarat"

Posted on 27/08/2012

Etisalat Information Services (eIS), a business unit of Etisalat Services Holding yesterday announced the first Arabic domain name for the Yellow Pages in the Middle East, and the revamped Yellow Pages website, improving its user experience. The UAE Yellow Pages can be accessed by typing yellowpages.ae or yp.ae in English, or by typing in Arabic script safhat-safraa.emarat. The Arabic domain name has been designed to facilitate easy access of Arabic speakers. It will extend the reach of the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat’s Value MMS service helps UAE businesses

Posted on 23/08/2012

Etisalat's Value MMS service provides corporate customers, governmental organisations, multinational companies, SMEs and content providers in the UAE an automated multimedia solution to improve their communication process. Value MMS, Etisalat's ready-to-use web-based software app, uses the MM7 protocol and allows organisations to send and receive large number of MMS messages for seamless interaction with their target markets. The service allows businesses to conveniently integrate their own ...  >>MORE

TRA confiscates over 27,600 unauthorised devices

Posted on 23/08/2012

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confiscated over 27, 600 devices in its ongoing pursuit and the efforts to seize unauthorised devices. The TRA said in a statement yesterday that the move comes in line with its policy to protect the telecommunications market in the UAE from the use of unsupported telecommunication devices which are non-compliant with the specifications. Engineer Ahmad Al Shamsi, Director of Type Approval in the TRA, asserted that the TRA is moving forward ...  >>MORE

Middle East leaders some of the most engaging on Twitter

Posted on 09/08/2012

Political leaders in the Middle East are increasingly using Twitter to engage the public, a new study suggests. The Twiplomacy study, released yesterday by public relations consultancy Burson-Marsteller, assessed 264 Twitter accounts belonging to heads of state from 125 countries, of which 21 were from the Mena region. The accounts had a combined following of 51,990,656 people from around the world. "What we see from this study is that leaders within the Middle East, and the Gulf in ...  >>MORE

du announces second quarter 2012 results of Dh651 million in net profit before royalty

Posted on 31/07/2012

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC ("du") yesterday announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2012. Osman Sultan, du's Chief Executive Officer, said, "The second quarter remained strong for du, with continued healthy customer additions, particularly in the high-value post-paid segment, which now represents nearly eight per cent of our mobile customer base. There are clear signs that the Company is entering the next phase of its evolution. Delivering value for ...  >>MORE

Etisalat talks over foreign ownership of its shares

Posted on 30/07/2012

Shares in Etisalat rose sharply yesterday after the telecommunications company confirmed it was in talks with the Government about lifting a ban on foreign ownership of its stock. The Abu-Dhabi listed group said foreign ownership would boost competition in the sector as shares in the company rose 1.41 per cent to close at Dh9.35. "Etisalat Group is currently in discussion with the United Arab Emirates Government with regards to foreign ownership and trading," Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, the ...  >>MORE

etisalat announces Dh1.9 billion net profit in Q2 in 2012

Posted on 26/07/2012

etisalat, the Abu Dhabi headquartered telecommunications group with operations in 16 countries, yesterday announced a net profit after federal royalty of Dh 1.9 billion for the second quarter of 2012 ending 30 June 2012, representing an additional growth of 3 per cent over the previous quarter, and a year-on-year growth of 17 per cent on quarterly Group consolidated revenue of Dh 8.252 billion, an increase of 4 per cent year-on-year. Consolidated EBITDA increased by 16 per cent to Dh 4.3 ...  >>MORE

No problems with UAE 4G network, say du and etisalat

Posted on 26/07/2012

du and etisalat have reassured customers that their new superfast 4G networks will not interfere with GPS and television signals. It comes after reports in the United States and UK that the new technology can potentially affect other electrical devices. However, both telecoms companies say users in the UAE will be unaffected because their networks use a different part of the frequency Long Term Evolution (LTE) spectrum. "The issue of interference created by TV and GPS is not existing in UAE, ...  >>MORE

Etisalat posts profit of Dh1.9 billion in turnaround

Posted on 25/07/2012

Etisalat has reported a turnaround in its financial performance, having posted a net profit of Dh1.9 billion in the second quarter after months of decline. The Abu Dhabi-listed company today said its net profit had risen by 17 per cent, with revenues up 4 per cent to reach Dh8.25 billion in the second quarter of this year. That followed several periods of declining profits, during which Etisalat was hit by both increased competition in its domestic market and setbacks in its international ...  >>MORE

TRA Director General re-registers his mobile subscription in Line with the "My Number, My Identity" Campaign

Posted on 24/07/2012

Proceeding from the firm belief in transparency, and in line with the meaning behind the "My Number, My Identity" campaign, Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Director General, will re-register his subscription and update his information with the two operators in the UAE namely Etisalat and du. Al Ghanim visited the main buildings of Etisalat and of du in Abu Dhabi last week to be the first to re-register his mobile subscription with the aim to encourage ...  >>MORE

TRA publishes guidelines to detect and fix DNS Changer Malware

Posted on 18/07/2012

The Telecommunications RegulatoryAuthority (TRA) continued its efforts to ensure a safe cyber space for users in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and monitors cyber threats that might threaten users in the country in an effort to protect and guide them from falling prey to hackers. The authority has published on the webpage of the UAE Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), a TRA initiative, information on the Malware Domain Name System (DNS) Changer that might resulted in the loss of ...  >>MORE

Dh10 levy on imported mobiles

Posted on 18/07/2012

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued two Cabinet resolutions regarding the Social Responsibility Fund and imposing levy on imported mobile phones. According to the Cabinet Resolution No. 19, the Social Responsibility Fund is attached to the office of the Minister of Social Affairs and provides financial and moral support to the ministry's developmental and social welfare projects in addition to vocational ...  >>MORE

UAE cellular market competiveness improves

Posted on 17/07/2012

The UAE improved its cellular market competitiveness among the Arab countries this year as compared to previous year. The UAE has been rated fifth least competitive market in the Arab World in 2012 as compared to fourth last year, the Arab Advisors Group said in its Cellular Competition Intensity Index 2012 on Monday. The UAE scored 49.01 per cent in 2012 Cellular Competition Intensity Index as compared to 47.17 per cent last year. Saudi Arabia retained its status as the most competitive ...  >>MORE

Campaign to curb misuse of UAE phone SIM cards

Posted on 11/07/2012

UAE mobile subscribers can accquire as many phone numbers as they need but they should be responsible for these and bear all the consequences in case any of them was misused, Mohammad Al Ganem, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), told Gulf News. TRA had launched the "My Number, My Identity” campaign in collaboration with the two licensees (etisalat and du) to increase awareness on the new registration procedures which are aimed to organise registration ...  >>MORE

etisalat maintains strong credit ratings with three international credit rating agencies

Posted on 09/07/2012

etisalat, the leading telecommunications company in the Middle East, Africa and Asia with operations in 16 countries, has maintained one of the highest credit ratings in the telecom sector following rigorous evaluations by the three international credit rating agencies: Standard '&' Poor, Fitch and Moody's. The three international Credit Rating Agencies reviewed etisalat's existing Credit Rating during the second quarter of 2012, and affirmed their credit ratings on etisalat as following: ...  >>MORE

Telecoms regulator denies Anonymous hacked UAE netfilter system

Posted on 09/07/2012

Claims that a group of hackers have penetrated the country's proxy server and extracted a list of blocked website addresses are incorrect, the telecoms regulator has said. In a statement, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority denied security had been compromised. The vigilante 'hactivist' organisation Anonymous, who have previously targeted credit card companies and antipiracy organisations, claimed it had hacked into the UAE's netfilter system which censors websites. "Recently ...  >>MORE

TRA announces Timeframe for 'My Number, My Identity' Campaign

Posted on 05/07/2012

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the registration Timeframe of 18 months for the "My Number, My Identity" campaign. The registration process is divided into 6 stages to ensure that all of the users have successfully completed their registration. The licensees are providing the necessary elements and the required preparations for the new registration process of all mobile phone subscribers in the UAE. The TRA will monitor the registration process so that it is ...  >>MORE

etisalat: RIM restores BlackBerry services

Posted on 02/07/2012

etisalat has announced that BlackBerry services have returned to normal after the partial delay in messaging services and browsing yesterday (30 June). As stated yesterday by Research in Motion (RIM), the global BlackBerry services and device provider, the delay was caused due to RIM's service issues, but the BlackBerry service has now been restored. Etisalat apologises to its BlackBerry customers for the inconvenience caused due to disruption. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

‘Technical challenges’ disrupt BlackBerry services in UAE

Posted on 01/07/2012

BlackBerry services in the UAE have been disrupted due to technical glitches. “I have not been able to download any emails since [Saturday] afternoon and my Internet services seem to be taking ages,” said a BlackBerry user who lives and works in Dubai. “There doesn’t seem to be a problem with voice calls, though,” she added. Some users also reported random ‘hanging’ of their devices while some others complained of uncalled for reboots of the device. According to UAE service ...  >>MORE

UAE may have new telecom operators after 2015

Posted on 01/07/2012

The UAE could end the monopoly of Etisalat and Du of the country’s telecommunications sector and admit new operators after 2-15 in line with an international agreement, according to telecom authorities. For the time being, there are no plans to grant licences to any new operator and those two companies will continue to be the sole service providers in the second largest Arab economy until 2015, the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) said. “This situation could change in 2016 as the ...  >>MORE

etisalat, du net Dh19bn from mobiles

Posted on 28/06/2012

etisalat and du, the UAE’s two telecommunications service providers, netted around Dh20 billion from mobile phone subscription in 2011 and nearly two thirds of the revenue came from pre-paid GSM SIM cards. By the end of April, the two firms had 12.49 million mobile phone users, including around 763,000 subscribers who entered the market in the first four months of 2012, according to figures by the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA). The figure includes around 11.005 million pre-paid GSM ...  >>MORE

etisalat ready to implement TRA's "My Number, My Identity" campaign

Posted on 27/06/2012

Following the launch of the "My Number, My Identity" campaign by the UAE Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA), etisalat yesterday announced the near-completion of all procedures to begin SIM card registration for its mobile customers. Starting 17 July 2012, Etisalat's customers can choose from over 100 points of sale across the UAE to process their mobile registration. As per the directive of the TRA, mobile customers in the UAE are required to update their profile in the operator database and ...  >>MORE

Group bets on .etisalat domain to boost branding

Posted on 20/06/2012

etisalat Group, the telecommunications corporation with operations in 17 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, on Tuesday announced that it has applied for the .etisalat and top level domains with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), the organisation that coordinates the worldwide Domain Name System (DNS) to ensure that the single global Internet works properly. TLDs refer to the suffix attached to Internet domain names. etisalat is among the 1,930 ...  >>MORE

TRA launches "My Number, My Identity" Campaign

Posted on 19/06/2012

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched "My Number, My Identity" campaign in collaboration with the licensees aiming to increase awareness on the new registration procedures. The campaign highlights the importance of the mobile subscribers' role to protect their SIM cards, which are national resources that should be used responsibly. These should not be given out to other users to avoid any misuse that may occur, as the registered owner of the number will be legally ...  >>MORE

UAE Telecommunications Sector booms

Posted on 13/06/2012

The UAE had over 1.8 million fixed line subscriptions and the fixed line penetration rate reached 31%; a report has shown. TRA Annual Sector Review, published by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority also showed that the number of active mobile subscriptions continued to grow, reaching over 11.7 million by the end of the year. This represents one of the highest mobile penetration rates in the world. The TRA has prepared the third Annual Sector Review as part of its ongoing work to ...  >>MORE

Du to offer the UAE’s fastest 4G broadband from next month

Posted on 11/06/2012

Du has announced it will begin offering a 4G 100mbps broadband service from next month, the fastest available in the UAE, according to chief commercial officer Farid Faraidooni. The new service will more than quadruple the 24mbps fastest speed previously offered by the telco. Etisalat currently offers a 30mbps service, while STC in Saudi Arabia gives customers speeds of up to 200mbps. Faraidooni announced plans for the new 4G LTE fibre optic service in an exclusive interview with Gulf ...  >>MORE

Bill likely to allow foreigners to hold telco’s shares

Posted on 09/06/2012

Abu Dhabi's stock market will receive a much needed liquidity boost if foreigners are allowed to own shares in etisalat, analysts said on Thursday. Amid conflicting reports over whether the UAE's largest telco is set to undergo a transformation of its corporate structure, industry experts believe institutional investors would be very interested in acquiring etisalat's stock. Arabic newspaper Emarat Al Youm reported a new law governing etisalat may be amended to allow overseas investment in ...  >>MORE

BlackBerry maker has big plans for UAE

Posted on 09/06/2012

The UAE and the surrounding region will be an important player in the future of Canadian-based BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM), said the chair of the company's board. Barbara Stymiest, 55, was in town on Thursday to receive a honorary doctorate in letters from the Canadian University of Dubai (CUD). "This is a very important region, it's a region that is growing, so having a strong position in a country that's driven is very important to BlackBerry,” Stymiest said soon after giving ...  >>MORE

UAE mobile subscribers jump 13% in Q1

Posted on 09/06/2012

Mobile subscribers in the UAE rose 13 per cent on the year in the first quarter of 2012, while the country's penetration rate stood at 154 per cent, a level, analysts say, that shows there's still some growth left in the domestic market. According to data from the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, or TRA, mobile subscribers at the end of March amounted to 12.4 million, up from 11 million in the same period a year ago. Matthew Reed, an analyst at Informa Telecoms and Media in ...  >>MORE

etisalat plans to cut international tariff by up to 30%

Posted on 24/05/2012

etisalat plans to cut international call tariffs to various countries by up to 30 per cent, an executive said, as the former monopoly tries to win back market share and stem the spread of internet-based phone calls. The plans need regulatory approval and are at an early stage, but are likely to come into force in the second half of 2012, said Rashid Al Abbar, etisalat's vice-president for home product marketing. etisalat already has a favoured country call plan where customers can get up ...  >>MORE

Etisalat cuts broadband rate to push fast service

Posted on 21/05/2012

Etisalat has slashed its broadband charges and says further price cuts are to come to mark a new era of competition with its rival du. The operator said it had cut the price of its basic broadband package in the UAE and was studying a reduction of landline calling rates by 10 to 30 per cent. It hopes to entice users away from slower internet connections running at 256 kilobits per second (kbps) and 512kbps. Rashid Majid Al Abbar, the vice president of home products marketing for Etisalat, ...  >>MORE

etisalat, E-Vision to launch multi-screen technology in the UAE

Posted on 13/05/2012

etisalat and E-Vision, the cable TV wing of the national telecommunication company, will soon launch multi-screen technology in the UAE, the E-Vision CEO said. CEO of E-Vision Humaid Rashid Sahoo said that multi-screen technology, which features stereophonic playback, 3D effects, enhanced live interaction and multiple displays per computer to top the full potential of the hardware, will be launched in the UAE by the third quarter of this year. Sahoo, speaking at a press conference on the ...  >>MORE

du's entry into music download service a surprise

Posted on 10/05/2012

It did seem that du, the telecom operator, had made a left-field choice when it went ahead and launched a music download service. That too in a virtual marketplace where sourcing free from pirate sites is the default setting for a significant number of music lovers. A leading music label did try a similar online exercise last year, but then decided to pull out after it found that targets were hard to come by in a rampant music piracy environment. So where is the need for du to get into ...  >>MORE

TRA represents UAE at World Cyberlympics final in USA

Posted on 08/05/2012

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has represented the United Arab Emirates at the global Cyber Security Olympics 'Cyberlympics' Event held in the United States in Virginia. The TRA, through the Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT), formed a UAE cyber team that included Khalifa Al Shamsi and Majed Al Ali, and competed against six of the world's best in the industry. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General remarked, "It is always a great honour and privilege to be ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to roll out 4G smartphones

Posted on 04/05/2012

Etisalat is set to roll out tablets and smartphones running on the 4G LTE network in the third quarter of this year, Saeed Y. Abdullah Al Zarouni, etisalat's senior vice-president of mobile networks, told Gulf News. LTE stands for "long term evolution" — it is a radio access technology to deliver very high speeds — of up to 150Mbps. LTE does not support voice and SMS and the UAE offers dongles to access high-speed data. Etisalat launched the world's first LTE-Frequency Division Duplexing ...  >>MORE

etisalat's 2012 Q1 profit grow to Dh3.430 billion

Posted on 24/04/2012

The UAE's leading telecoms operator etisalat on Monday reported a Group profit of Dh3.430 billion and a net profit after government royalty at Dh1.809 billion for the first quarter ended 31 March 2012. Q1 Financial Highlights: Consolidated revenues year on year to Dh 8.205 billion Operating profit Dh3.430 billion before federal royalty, 42 percent margin Net profit stabilised at Dh1.809 billion reflecting strong international market performance, revenue diversification in the UAE. Robust ...  >>MORE

Skype in UAE purely a licensing matter: TRA chief

Posted on 22/04/2012

Voice over internet protocols (VOIP) like Skype could be allowed soon. "It is purely a licensing matter. I hope they come to TRA for licence,” Mohamed Al Ghanim, Director General of Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) said during a rare, hour-long online chat with tweeters in the UAE. It also won't be long before Near-Field Communication (NFC) will be available in the UAE. "Near Field Communication will soon be available, operators will work with banks to ensure NFC transactions,” ...  >>MORE

Mediastow praises UAE's "precision" index as reflected in TRA's rectification of Internet penetration figures

Posted on 20/04/2012

Mohammed Elzubeir, CEO of Mediastow, the leading media intelligence agency in the MENA region, has hailed the UAE's recent step of rectifying Internet penetration figures as a sign of its maturity in the state of knowledge economy. In his opening remarks as the Chairperson of the two-day Social Media World Middle East 2012, Elzubeir said that precision of information in the UAE has been growing remarkably in the last decade. Elzubeir referred to the most recent case study of the UAE ...  >>MORE

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TRA lab attains global acclaim


UAE elected Member of International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation Advisory Committee


Average mobile phone bill in UAE stands at Dh1,569


Etisalat Information Services launches first Arabic domain of UAE Yellow Pages ".emarat"


Etisalat’s Value MMS service helps UAE businesses


TRA confiscates over 27,600 unauthorised devices


Middle East leaders some of the most engaging on Twitter


du announces second quarter 2012 results of Dh651 million in net profit before royalty


Etisalat talks over foreign ownership of its shares


etisalat announces Dh1.9 billion net profit in Q2 in 2012


No problems with UAE 4G network, say du and etisalat


Etisalat posts profit of Dh1.9 billion in turnaround


TRA Director General re-registers his mobile subscription in Line with the "My Number, My Identity" Campaign


TRA publishes guidelines to detect and fix DNS Changer Malware


Dh10 levy on imported mobiles


UAE cellular market competiveness improves


Campaign to curb misuse of UAE phone SIM cards


etisalat maintains strong credit ratings with three international credit rating agencies


Telecoms regulator denies Anonymous hacked UAE netfilter system


TRA announces Timeframe for 'My Number, My Identity' Campaign


etisalat: RIM restores BlackBerry services


‘Technical challenges’ disrupt BlackBerry services in UAE


UAE may have new telecom operators after 2015


etisalat, du net Dh19bn from mobiles


etisalat ready to implement TRA's "My Number, My Identity" campaign


Group bets on .etisalat domain to boost branding


TRA launches "My Number, My Identity" Campaign


UAE Telecommunications Sector booms


Du to offer the UAE’s fastest 4G broadband from next month


Bill likely to allow foreigners to hold telco’s shares


BlackBerry maker has big plans for UAE


UAE mobile subscribers jump 13% in Q1


etisalat plans to cut international tariff by up to 30%


Etisalat cuts broadband rate to push fast service


etisalat, E-Vision to launch multi-screen technology in the UAE


du's entry into music download service a surprise


TRA represents UAE at World Cyberlympics final in USA


Etisalat to roll out 4G smartphones


etisalat's 2012 Q1 profit grow to Dh3.430 billion


Skype in UAE purely a licensing matter: TRA chief


Mediastow praises UAE's "precision" index as reflected in TRA's rectification of Internet penetration figures