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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

du announces successful completion of Long Term Evolution (LTE) pilot

Posted on 25/05/2011

In a landmark development in-line with du's commitment to offer the fastest nationwide network to the UAE, du successfully conducted and completed its first pilot on Long Term Evolution (LTE) on its mobile network supporting mobile broadband speeds upto 150 Mbps. The pilot was conducted in April 2011 and commercial launch of LTE services is slated for the second half of 2011. According to the company the move follows closely on the heels of du's launch of the latest 42 Mbps mobile broadband ...  >>MORE

etisalat denies mobile credit draining rumour

Posted on 23/05/2011

etisalat has denied the information that is being passed around on websites, social applications and emails regarding the draining of talk time or excess call charges through an international scam. As rumoured, a large amount of phone credit is deducted from customers' account if they try to call back certain incoming calls from an international number. Jabir Al Janahi, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Etisalat, in an emailed press release, said that these rumours are incorrect and ...  >>MORE

16.1 billion investments in IT and telecommunications sector

Posted on 19/05/2011

Investments in IT and Telecom sector are expected to grow by 15% in the year 2011, to reach Dh18.4 billion against 16.1 billion in 2010. The UAE in general and Abu Dhabi Government in particular have taken huge steps to update and promote the telecommunications and IT infrastructure, fuelled by an inspiration to develop knowledge-based economy and constant endeavour to thrive creativity as a key added value component. A report prepared by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development ...  >>MORE

UAE gets ready for 4G revolution as telcos push for year-end rollout

Posted on 17/05/2011

A four-fold increase in demand by UAE owners of 11 million mobile phones for online data connectivity is pushing telecoms to adopt fourth-generation (4G) broadband services by year end. While millions will need new 4G phones to enjoy higher mobile speeds of up to 150Mbps downstream, a 200 per cent increase in recent demand for mobile services makes super broadband imperative, operators say. etisalat said on Monday that it will spend millions to upgrade from its existing 3G technology as Du ...  >>MORE

etisalat to invest Dh15b in infrastructure expansion

Posted on 17/05/2011

Telecommunications major etisalat plans to roll out 4G, the fourth generation of cellular wireless standards "within this year", etisalat's Acting Chief Executive Officer Nasser Bin Obood said here yesterday. Replying to a question by Gulf News on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Telecoms CEO Summit, Bin Obood said 4G will be introduced first in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Sharjah. "So far, we don't have the equipment. But we will have it soon. You will also need 4G enabled smartphones," he ...  >>MORE

BlackBerry's much-awaited Appstore debuts today in UAE

Posted on 08/05/2011

The wait is finally over for diehard BlackBerry smartphone users in the United Arab Emirates. Gulf News has learnt that Research in Motion (RIM) will officially launch in the UAE today its long-awaited BlackBerry App World with the full support of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). Sandeep Saihgal, managing director, RIM Middle East, said the new apps store will be user friendly. "BlackBerry App World will provide easy access to a broad range of mobile applications and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Infrastructure Investments to ensure highest quality in UAE and abroad

Posted on 04/05/2011

The Etisalat Group is placing the customer experience at the forefront of its technology investment strategy as it deploys the most modern, next-generation mobile and fixed-line infrastructure across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. This commitment was highlighted by the Etisalat Group's Senior Vice President for Technology and Network Strategy, Khalifa Al Shamsi, who addressed the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa (SAMENA) Telecommunications Council at its ‘Beyond Connectivity' ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi becomes first capital city in world entirely connected to Fibre Optic Networks

Posted on 27/04/2011

etisalat yesterday announced that Abu Dhabi is now the first capital city in the world which is entirely covered with a fibre optic network (FTTx). The completion of this project marks new milestone for etisalat and an achievement for the country, and has contributed to the UAE being ranked amongst the top five countries in the Arab world in the Network Readiness Index (NRI) and ranked 24th in the world according to the Global Information Technology Report 2011 issued by the World Economic ...  >>MORE

TRA is always eager to adopt latest technologies, Al Ghanim

Posted on 27/04/2011

TRA is always eager to adopt the latest technologies that ensure that UAE stays ahead in the ICT arena and switching to digital broadcast is one of these leading technologies, said TRA Director General. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim during his participation of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the SAMENA "Beyond Connectivity 2011" conference delivered a speech, as the Honorary Guest Speaker, for the opening ceremony at the Yas hotel, Abu Dhabi. Al Ghanim addressed many relevant ...  >>MORE

du plans to launch nationwide UAE service

Posted on 26/04/2011

du, the UAE's second largest telecom operator, has forecast a nationwide rollout of its services before the end of the year after posting a strong first-quarter performance. The company, which now has a 41 per cent share of the UAE mobile market, more than doubled its year-on-year net profit, before royalties, to Dh412 million in the first three months of 2011. New customers du, formally known as Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, said 272,000 mobile customers joined the ...  >>MORE

etisalat leads Middle East's LTE revolution

Posted on 20/04/2011

As the Strategic Operator Partner, etisalat is participating in LTE MENA 2011 being taking place in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai. The region's first and only conference for the MENA region is focusing specifically on LTE, which is considered the next big wave in fourth generation (4G) wireless technology. Speaking at this important assembly of the region's top minds, etisalat's CT'&'IO, Marwan Zawaydeh elaborated on the current mobile broadband landscape and shared etisalat's visions and ...  >>MORE

TRA policy applies industry wide

Posted on 19/04/2011

The new regulations on the use of enterprise services from May 1 will be applicable to other smartphones, a statement said. The UAE's telecommunications regulator earlier insisted that BlackBerry services to individuals and companies will continue to operate normally, following reports that small businesses will no longer have access to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), which provides the most secure form of communication on the devices. "The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority ...  >>MORE

etisalat's revenues continue to grow, records Dh8 billion in consolidated revenues in first quarter of 2011

Posted on 19/04/2011

etisalat yesterday announced its group financial results for the first quarter of 2011. The results reveal group revenues of Dh8.04 billion recording a growth of Dh169 million in the quarter when compared to the same period in the prior year where revenues amounted to Dh7.87 billion. The net profits for the quarter were Dh1.8 billion resulting in an earnings per share of Dh0.23. The Group invested in Dh1.11 billion of capital expenditure during the quarter and its net assets were Dh41.3 ...  >>MORE

TRA confirms continuation of all Blackberry services in the UAE

Posted on 17/04/2011

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said in a statement yesterday it has confirmed the continuation of all Blackberry services in the UAE to both individuals and business customers, including Blackberry messenger, Blackberry email and Blackberry browsing. It added that any confusion to TRA regulations will be clarified by the TRA with the operators concerned this week. - Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

du, Twofour54 ink MoU on broadcast and telecom services

Posted on 05/04/2011

As part of its continued growth strategy, Du yesterday announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Twofour54, which will see Du offer its full suite of broadcast, mobile and fixed telecom services to Twofour54 and its partner companies. `The MoU was signed between Osman Sultan, CEO, Du, and Tony Orsten, Chief Executive Officer, Twofour54, in the presence of other senior officials from the two companies at Twofour54's premises in Abu Dhabi. The MoU allows Twofour54 to ...  >>MORE

Etisalat scraps Syria licence bid plans

Posted on 31/03/2011

Etisalat Wednesday scrapped plans to bid for Syria's third mobile licence, the latest blow to the telecom operator's push to expand its Middle East footprint. Etisalat, the Middle East's largest operator by market capitalisation, had been one of five firms to have qualified for the licence auction, but said it was disappointed with the licence terms without elaborating further. "Etisalat ... has determined that the terms and conditions of the bid would not enable etisalat to achieve its ...  >>MORE

etisalat and AlKhair terminate discussions on etisalat's offer on Zain

Posted on 20/03/2011

eisalat yesterday announced that discussions with AlKhair on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Zain have ended without reaching an agreement. In a statement released to update its investors and other stakeholders on the status of its proposal to acquire a controlling stake in Mobile Telecommunications Company LLC (Zain) through AlKhair National for Stock and Real Estate Company (AlKhair), Etisalat said that it had made a conditional binding offer at KWD 1.7 per Zain share on November ...  >>MORE

etisalat to invest US$15b in five years on network expansion

Posted on 17/03/2011

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, or etisalat, the UAE's largest telecom operator, will invest US$15 billion (Dh55.17 billion) in the enhancement and development of its network in the UAE and beyond over the next five years, its chairman said yesterday at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2011. etisalat has already invested Dh5 billion in fibre optics and it plans to invest an additional Dh5 billion, Mohammad Omran told the conference. "I think fibre is the backbone for this new media, to ...  >>MORE

Smartphones rise 11% in UAE

Posted on 16/03/2011

Smart phone devices are expected to get a boost in sales as digital news on the go becomes the mantra at the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, which kicks off today in the capital that has drawn industry stalwarts such as "Avatar” and "Titanic” director James Cameron, "Ice Age” series filmmaker Carlos Saldhana and News Corp head honcho for Europe and Asia James Murdoch. Announcing the impressive line-up, the focus soon turned to the future of traditional print media in wake of the boom of internet and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Afghanistan to invest US$100m in next two years

Posted on 14/03/2011

Etisalat, the UAE's largest telecom operator, plans to invest US$100 million (Dh367 million) in Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012, Saeed Al Hameli, Chief Executive Officer of etisalat Afghanistan, said. "We will invest US$100 million in 2011, 2012," Al Hameli told reporters at a press conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday. He added that the company expects to double its subscriber base from three million to six million users in the next two years which would push its market share to 30-35 per cent. ...  >>MORE

du introduces 42 Mbps Real Mobile Broadband Internet Key

Posted on 10/03/2011

In a move that demonstrates the company's position as a leading provider on the global stage, du became the first in the UAE to launch the 42 Mbps internet key (also known as dongle or USB modem universally),which enables customers to take advantage of the company's super high-speed Real Mobile Broadband service. This new offering comes shortly after the company launched mobile broadband speeds of up to 42 Mbps, following the upgrade of its network to next-generation DC-HSPA+ technology, ...  >>MORE

etisalat elucidates its stand to acquire shares in Zain

Posted on 03/03/2011

etisalat spokesperson Ahmed bin Ali has reiterated that Etisalat`s stand towards Zain acquisition is not changed, and etisalat is still interested on the Zain`s deal. Bin Ali added that pertinent and suitable information related to the due diligence have been collected and "etisalat" is in the process to study and analyse the collected information. Consequently the results will be discussed with the sellers in a later stage, and the final results will be presented to etisalat`s Board of ...  >>MORE

du announces launch of Europe India Gateway submarine cable

Posted on 27/02/2011

In a landmark development, du has announced partial activation of the new Europe India Gateway (EIG) submarine cable -which will enhance capacity and diversity between the UAE and Middle East to Europe and Asia. The EIG submarine cable was conceived by a 16-member consortium of leading regional and international operators responsible for the construction of the US$700 million submarine cable system. The company has invested US$50 million in the EIG cable system, which will provide greater ...  >>MORE

Etisalat revenues abroad rise to 23% of total

Posted on 27/02/2011

The international contribution to the revenues of etisalat grew to 23 per cent in 2010, coming closer to the company's goal of having at least half of its operational revenues from outside the UAE. In 2009, international revenues represented 16 per cent of the total Dh31.9 billion. Net profit contribution from its international operations rose from 0.4 per cent to 7 per cent of the group's total of Dh7.6 billion. "This is the result of a strong financial performance from Etisalat Egypt," ...  >>MORE

TRA expands spectrum monitoring and control system

Posted on 21/02/2011

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has expanded the spectrum frequencies monitoring and control system by adding seven stations to the existing mobile stations, to reach a total number of 13 stations. The expansion of the system comes in line with TRA policy aiming to preserve spectrum, which is considered a limited national treasure, and to prevent any illegal use of it. The system also means to reduce the harmful interference in order to achieve the highest quality of radio ...  >>MORE

etisalat signs deal with Alcatel-Lucent

Posted on 16/02/2011

etisalat on Tuesday signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent for a planned deployment of the Middle East's first and widest Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the UAE. Using Alcatel-Lucent's market-leading end-to-end solution, etisalat will deploy the first commercial LTE network in the Middle East within the first quarter of 2011. Mohammad Omran, Chairman of etisalat, commented: "As the region's leading-edge telecom service provider, this is a significant milestone for our corporation and ...  >>MORE

etisalat reports Dh7.6 billion profit in 2010

Posted on 13/02/2011

Etisalat has announced its preliminary consolidated financial results for the year ending 2010. Etisalat's Group Net Revenues for year ending 31 December, 2010 reached Dh31.9 billion, which is 2 per cent higher than year 2009 net revenues of Dh31.3 billion. Net assets for 2010 also recorded a 5 per cent growth over 2009 from Dh40.4 billion to Dh42.6 billion. Etisalat also announced a net profit of Dh7.6 billion for the Group, compared to Dh8.8 billion in 2009. Earnings per share reached ...  >>MORE

etisalat updates investors on its proposal to acquire shares in Zain

Posted on 30/01/2011

etisalat said it is making good progress on its proposal to acquire 51 per cent of the total issued share capital and voting rights (excluding shares held in treasury but including all shares which may be issued pursuant to the exercise of any options) in Mobile Telecommunications Company LLC ("Zain") ("Proposed Transaction"). It added in a statement that etisalat's due diligence effort has recently accelerated, and Etisalat values the continuous and positive cooperation of Zain. In addition, ...  >>MORE

Mobile number portability expected in March: TRA

Posted on 25/01/2011

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) expects Mobile Number Portability to be in place by March this year which would give mobile phone users the choice to migrate to another service provider while retaining their existing mobile numbers, a top-ranking TRA official said Monday. "It will stimulate competition between the two operators because operators will try to hold onto their customers," Mohammad Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA's director general told reporters here on the sidelines ...  >>MORE

etisalat carrier records more than 200% growth in data roaming traffic in 2010

Posted on 18/01/2011

The leading operator in the Middle East and North Africa region, etisalat, yesterday announced it has witnessed a 200% growth in data roaming traffic in 2010 as businesses and consumers access an increasing number of advanced services whilst travelling. This includes traffic from etisalat's UAE customers, as well as from its international clientele of global operators who subscribe to etisalat's leading portfolio of carrier and wholesale services. This observation was made concurrently at ...  >>MORE

etisalat extends US$12b Zain deal talks

Posted on 17/01/2011

etisalat said on Sunday it has extended the deadline for its proposal to buy a majority stake in Kuwaiti Zain for US$12 billion after missing a January 15 due diligence deadline. The UAE telecoms giant admitted that it could not make sufficient progress toward finalising the deal by the deadline due to "unforeseen delays” in Zain providing access to relevant information, which is required for it to complete the due diligence process. "The parties do continue to work towards the ...  >>MORE

du sees overall jump in traffic of 198% during busiest hour on New Year's Eve

Posted on 12/01/2011

In celebration of an exciting milestone of the year - New Year's Eve, du customers enjoyed contacting family and friends all over the world during New Year's Eve, taking full advantage of du's mobile network services, which boosted network traffic by 198% per cent during the evening in comparison with other days of the month. In particular, the mobile traffic volume in the Burj Khalifa area, which was busy with visitors who came to witness the fireworks, witnessed a jump of 205 per cent. "We ...  >>MORE

etisalat and du close in on shared network

Posted on 03/01/2011

Consumers countrywide should soon be able to choose their preferred internet and television provider as Etisalat and du begin testing their shared networks ahead of a national rollout later this year. Last year, both of the country's telecommunications operators finalised discussions to gain access to each other's broadband internet and television networks in a move that is designed to break their monopolies within their respective territories. Etisalat has a monopoly on providing internet ...  >>MORE

TRA releases 2010 ICT survey results

Posted on 28/12/2010

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released the results of an extensive survey examining the usage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services in the UAE. A total of 2,109 households and 2,133 individuals participated in the TRA's study, which was undertaken during the course of 2010. The survey spanned multiple services including fixed telephony, mobile telephony and the Internet. The survey examined many factors, which cover different areas in the ICT ...  >>MORE

Conditional deal with Zain is still on - as agreed upon in the initial proposal: etisalat

Posted on 20/12/2010

etisalat said yesterday the 46% conditional deal with Zain is still on - as agreed upon in the initial proposal. The UAE leading telecom provider was commenting on the rumours and speculation in the media regarding the acceptance of etisalat to buy 40% of Zain's shares. etisalat spokesperson said "etisalat "applies transparency and best practice when it comes to disclosure of news to the financial markets, investors and analysts. etisalat will inform its stakeholders with the results directly ...  >>MORE

etisalat named Best Middle East Wholesale Provider

Posted on 20/12/2010

Amsterdam - Etisalat has been named the best wholesale provider of telecommunications services in the Middle East for the third consecutive year at the annual Capacity Awards ceremony which took place in Amsterdam. The ceremony, which was organized by Capacity Media, recognized etisalat's leadership in providing ‘smart services' and for developing its portfolio beyond the provision of transit and interconnection. Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier '&' Wholesale for Etisalat ...  >>MORE

Thuraya expands commercial partnership with etisalat

Posted on 09/12/2010

Thuraya, has expanded its partnership with etisalat, appointing them as distributors of IP and Marine in the UAE. etisalat, will be marketing and distributing Thuraya's satellite data and maritime services to vertical markets throughout the country. Both operators will be cooperating to ensure that through Thuraya's satellite network coverage, customers from various segments such as energy, government, large corporations as well as private users will be able to benefit from improved voice ...  >>MORE

UAE's first public TelePresence room launched

Posted on 08/12/2010

Etisalat on Tuesday launched UAE's first Public TelePresence room in collaboration with Tata Communications and Cisco. Located at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the Etisalat Public TelePresence room will provide high definition virtual conferencing capabilities to businesses across a robust global video network, a statement said. The network includes a unique network of 23 other Public TelePresence rooms, deployed by Tata Communications, in prime business capitals of the world, such as New ...  >>MORE

UAE blazing trail in fibre optics

Posted on 02/12/2010

The UAE has one of the highest rates of fibre optic penetration in the world, according to new findings by an industry body. Fibre optic connections enable almost unlimited volumes of digital data to be transmitted using pulses of light. The technology is replacing traditional copper wiring for broadband internet networks. The UAE is now ranked fourth in the world, with 30.8 per cent of the country's households and businesses connected to fibre optic systems, behind Japan, South Korea and ...  >>MORE

etisalat Chairman named the World CEO of Year 2010

Posted on 28/11/2010

Mohammed Omran has been named the World CEO of the year 2010 at the World Communication Award Ceremony in the UK. Omran leads etisalat, to be one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world with a market value of approximately US$25 billion, Dh30.8 billion in revenues and 100 million active subscribers around the globe. Omran has worked for etisalat over three decades and served in many different positions until he became the Chairman of etisalat in 2005. From his current ...  >>MORE

TRA wins "Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Award"

Posted on 23/11/2010

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) succeeded in achieving the "Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Award" for Customer Service. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, honoured the awarded entities during the ceremony that was held at the Emirates Palace yesterday. Attending on behalf of TRA were Mohamed Bin Ahmed Al Qamzi, Chairman of TRA, and Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of TRA. Al ...  >>MORE

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du announces successful completion of Long Term Evolution (LTE) pilot


etisalat denies mobile credit draining rumour


16.1 billion investments in IT and telecommunications sector


UAE gets ready for 4G revolution as telcos push for year-end rollout


etisalat to invest Dh15b in infrastructure expansion


BlackBerry's much-awaited Appstore debuts today in UAE


Etisalat Infrastructure Investments to ensure highest quality in UAE and abroad


Abu Dhabi becomes first capital city in world entirely connected to Fibre Optic Networks


TRA is always eager to adopt latest technologies, Al Ghanim


du plans to launch nationwide UAE service


etisalat leads Middle East's LTE revolution


TRA policy applies industry wide


etisalat's revenues continue to grow, records Dh8 billion in consolidated revenues in first quarter of 2011


TRA confirms continuation of all Blackberry services in the UAE


du, Twofour54 ink MoU on broadcast and telecom services


Etisalat scraps Syria licence bid plans


etisalat and AlKhair terminate discussions on etisalat's offer on Zain


etisalat to invest US$15b in five years on network expansion


Smartphones rise 11% in UAE


Etisalat Afghanistan to invest US$100m in next two years


du introduces 42 Mbps Real Mobile Broadband Internet Key


etisalat elucidates its stand to acquire shares in Zain


du announces launch of Europe India Gateway submarine cable


Etisalat revenues abroad rise to 23% of total


TRA expands spectrum monitoring and control system


etisalat signs deal with Alcatel-Lucent


etisalat reports Dh7.6 billion profit in 2010


etisalat updates investors on its proposal to acquire shares in Zain


Mobile number portability expected in March: TRA


etisalat carrier records more than 200% growth in data roaming traffic in 2010


etisalat extends US$12b Zain deal talks


du sees overall jump in traffic of 198% during busiest hour on New Year's Eve


etisalat and du close in on shared network


TRA releases 2010 ICT survey results


Conditional deal with Zain is still on - as agreed upon in the initial proposal: etisalat


etisalat named Best Middle East Wholesale Provider


Thuraya expands commercial partnership with etisalat


UAE's first public TelePresence room launched


UAE blazing trail in fibre optics


etisalat Chairman named the World CEO of Year 2010


TRA wins "Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Award"