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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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

Etisalat Afghanistan signs agreement with Afghanistan Telecom Regulator

Posted on 14/11/2010

Etisalat Afghanistan, a 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat Telecommunications, UAE, has signed an agreement with Afghanistan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) to provide telecommunication services in rural and far flung areas of the country. ATRA has selected Etisalat Afghanistan, the fastest growing telecommunications network of the country to carry out Rural Telecom Development project in 17 rural Districts in 9 provinces by building and operating 23 BTS sites. The company ...  >>MORE

TRA: telecom operators capable of protecting information security

Posted on 11/11/2010

Protecting data and information is no longer an easy task because of the highly diversified and developed hacking methods, according to Director General of the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Mohamed Nasser Al-Ghanim "But telecom operators are capable of protecting the security of money transfer transactions," Al-Ghanim said on the sidelines of the Black Hat Abu Dhabi, an IT security event which started Tuesday and concludes tomorrow Thursday. "We have to keep pace with ...  >>MORE

du third-quarter net profit reaches Dh326m

Posted on 08/11/2010

Revenue and subscriber numbers have continued to grow in the third quarter of 2010 for du, the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company. Net profit, before royalty, more than doubled to Dh326 million, in comparison to Dh157 million in the same quarter last year, and increased by 19 per cent over the previous quarter's profit of Dh275 million. Revenue jumped by 31 per cent to Dh1.75 billion, compared to Dh1.33 billion in the third quarter last year. It rose by two per cent, compared ...  >>MORE

etisalat updates proposal to acquire shares in Zain

Posted on 04/11/2010

etisalat announced it has updated its proposal to acquire certain shares in Mobile Telecommunications Company LLC (Zain) to provide that the offer is binding subject to a number of conditions. Consistent with its prior proposal, the updated proposal of KD1.7 per share is subject to a number of conditions, which include: the successful disposal by Zain of its entire interest in Zain KSA in a timely fashion; the negotiation of the definitive transaction documents; the completion of satisfactory ...  >>MORE

TRA, ISnSC sign MoU to promote UAE's digital security

Posted on 27/10/2010

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and ISnSC R'&'D FZ LLC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in an effort to promote digital security in UAE. The MoU focuses on Government to Business (G2B) and Business to Business (B2B) electronic services. According to the MoU, ISnSC will be providing Dhs10m worth of its wide range of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) solutions to entities providing electronic services adhering to or trying to comply with TRA regulations, including The ...  >>MORE

du invests Dh400 Million and selects Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its network

Posted on 25/10/2010

The UAE's integrated telecom service provider, du, has selected Nokia Siemens Networks to comprehensively upgrade its mobile network operations in the UAE, investing Dh400 million. The project is expected to enhance du network performance and operations. Nokia Siemens Networks will expand du's 2G network and introduce its 3G HSPA+ network with speeds of up to 42Mb as part of du's existing 3G HSPA+ network. Under the scope of the deal, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide a comprehensive ...  >>MORE

etisalat expands international IPVPN connectivity across USA, Europe, GCC and Asian subcontinent

Posted on 21/10/2010

etisalat yesterday announced it has increased international reach to USA, Europe, GCC and the Asian subcontinent, by setting up international nodes on its IPVPN network. etisalat Business Customers would now be able to leverage Etisalat's international network for their global operations. Earlier, Etisalat had announced its partnership with Global Crossing, (Nasdaq: GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider to provide seamless connectivity alternatives to customers who want to expand ...  >>MORE

etisalat announces financial results for first nine months of 2010

Posted on 20/10/2010

etisalat yesterday announced its financial results reviewed by the auditors for the first nine months of 2010. During this period, the group's net profits reached Dh5.6 billion, compared to the net profits during the same period in 2009 of Dh6.8 billion. Etisalat recorded consolidated revenue of Dh23.3 compared to the same period in 2009 during which the group recorded revenue of Dh23.7 billion. The value of the group's assets increased by 1.2% reaching Dh40.9 billion, compared to Dh40.4 ...  >>MORE

etisalat launches permission-based mobile advertising

Posted on 20/10/2010

etisalat and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU), have joined together in a strategic partnership to launch the first permission-based mobile advertising service in the UAE. etisalat's customers in the UAE will be able to opt-in to receive ads and offers that match their interests from their favourite brands on their mobile phones. Advertisers are becoming more and more conscious of the opportunities that Mobile advertising offers. Mobile advertising remains one of the most exciting ...  >>MORE

du partners with RTA to broadcast Dalili Navigation System information for the benefit of motorists

Posted on 20/10/2010

du yesterday announced that it has partnered with The Roads '&' Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai in order to launch a new system that will help reduce traffic congestions and enable motorists to better plan their routes. The system will work by channelling all information related to the new advanced navigation system, known as Dalili, through du's radio transmission system. Once any traffic-related information has passed through du's radio transmission system, the telco will then ...  >>MORE

The TRA, Research In Motion, etisalat and du partner to foster mobile innovation across the Middle East region

Posted on 19/10/2010

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Research In Motion (RIM), and telecom operators etisalat and du, yesterday announced a new strategic partnership focused on fostering mobile innovation across the Middle East. This partnership will support the TRA's mandate to encourage, promote, and develop the telecommunications and information technology industry in the UAE and across the region. It signals a long-term commitment to address the growing ...  >>MORE

etisalat BusinessOne Super broadband service provides ultimate productivity advantage for businesses

Posted on 19/10/2010

etisalat yesterday unveiled a major opportunity for SME's (Small and Medium enterprises) across the UAE to take a quantum jump in terms of enhancing their productivity and efficiency with the launch of its BusinessOne Super broadband service supported by futuristic fibre technology. BusinessOne Super broadband service will offer speeds ranging from 4 Mbps up to 100 Mpbs which is a landmark development in the evolution of broadband in the UAE and across the region. The BusinessOne Super ...  >>MORE

etisalat seeks to raise more than US$9b to fund Zain bid

Posted on 14/10/2010

Emirates Telecommunications (etisalat) plans to borrow more than US$9 billion (Dh33 billion) to buy shares in Mobile Telecommunications, three bankers familiar with the deal said. The financing to acquire a stake in Zain, as the Kuwaiti phone company is known, would be the largest acquisition loan by a company in the Middle East and Africa since at least 1999, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It may take the form of a short-term bridge loan that will be replaced with longer-term ...  >>MORE

UAE wins ITU Council Membership for the 2nd Consecutive Itinerary

Posted on 13/10/2010

Guadalajara - The 18th ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2010 (PP-10), currently taking place in Guadalajara - Mexico, has witnessed the successful re-election of the United Arab Emirates for the membership of the ITU Council for the upcoming four years. This endeavour reflects the International Community's confidence in the United Arab Emirates, highlighting the efficient contributions the UAE has employed during international forums and organisations affiliated with telecommunications and ...  >>MORE

TRA opens the door for trademarks to apply for Arabic Top-Level Domain Name (dotEmarat)

Posted on 11/10/2010

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced yesterday the opening of Sunrise Period for the Arabic top-level domain name (dotEmarat) for trademarks. The application process will last for two months starting from October 17 until December 15, 2010. The application process will be available through TRA accredited registrars. The Arabic top-level domain name opens new doors for trademarks to communicate with a wide user segment that was reluctant to use the Internet because ...  >>MORE

All Blackberry services in the UAE to continue to operate as normal

Posted on 08/10/2010

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed that Blackberry services are now compliant with the UAE's telecommunications regulatory framework. "Therefore", the TRA affirmed today in a statement: "all Blackberry services in the UAE will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on October 11, 2010". The TRA also acknowledged "the positive engagement and collaboration of Research In Motion (RIM) in reaching this regulatory compliant outcome". ...  >>MORE

Etisalat confirms uninterrupted Blackberry services

Posted on 08/10/2010

Telecommunications service provider Etisalat confirmed today that all Blackberry services will continue to operate as normal following a TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) notification of uninterrupted Blackberry services in the UAE. Earlier today, the TRA had confirmed that Blackberry services are now compliant with the UAE's telecommunications regulatory framework. "Since the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority's August 1 announcement regarding the possible suspension of ...  >>MORE

Du confirms uninterrupted Blackberry services

Posted on 08/10/2010

UAE's telecommunications provider Du confirmed today that all its Blackberry services, for both Consumer and Enterprise customers, will continue to operate as normal and no suspension of service will occur on October 11, 2010. A statement from Du welcomed the notification from UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) for uninterrupted Blackberry services in the UAE. "Since the TRA's August 1 announcement regarding the possible suspension of certain Blackberry services, our focus ...  >>MORE

etisalat wins the dispute against Planor Afrique

Posted on 07/10/2010

An Arbitral Tribunal of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris, France rendered a final award in the dispute between Emirates Telecommunications Corporation ("Etisalat") and Planor Afrique ("Planor") relating to Etisalat's Burkina Faso subsidiary, Telecel Faso. The Arbitral Tribunal upheld Etisalat's claims that the Memorandum of Agreement ("MOA") entered into by Etisalat and Planor in September 2007 to settle their dispute regarding Telecel Faso was valid, binding and ...  >>MORE

etisalat records its largest number of roaming launches

Posted on 05/10/2010

etisalat yesterday announced it has achieved over 600 roaming launches with operators around the world including over 450 GPRS connections. This is the highest number of roaming connectivity of any operator group, an accolade which will help Etisalat derive greater added value from its international wholesale network as it establishes the region's first 'Smart Hub' in UAE. The figure was presented by Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier '&' Wholesale Services at Etisalat during the ...  >>MORE

Companies await BlackBerry outcome

Posted on 05/10/2010

Companies in the UAE remain optimistic that a proposed ban on BlackBerry data services will be reversed before next week's deadline. Thousands of professionals across the country rely on the device to conduct business on a daily basis. However, a ban on BlackBerry's, e-mail, web surfing and instant messenger functions will be implemented on October 11 unless UAE authorities can reach an agreement with the device's Canadian manufacturer Research In Motion. Vishal Bali, Executive Director ...  >>MORE

etisalat chief predicts more global mergers

Posted on 04/10/2010

A new wave of mergers and acquisitions will be witnessed in the telecoms sector globally, according to Etisalat chairman Mohammad Omran. Addressing the tenth annual Forbes Global CEO Conference in Sydney, Omran said these mergers will be particularly in areas related to the provision of advanced services for consumers and developing vertical expertise in ICT provision for enterprises. Omran was participating in a panel discussion entitled "Broadening horizons with technology” and made his ...  >>MORE

No final agreement has been reached with Zain: etisalat

Posted on 03/10/2010

Regarding the overseas investments of etisalat, and the media circulations about Etisalat investment in the Mobile Telecommunications Company (Zain) and in line with the Corporation's commitment to transparency with its shareholders as well as its commitment to disclosure of its decisions as per Abu Dhabi Securities Market regulations, Ahmed bin Ali, Group Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication said " Emirates Telecommunications Corporation - "Etisalat" has submitted a preliminary ...  >>MORE

etisalat submits preliminary conditional offer for Zain stake

Posted on 30/09/2010

Ahmed bin Ali, Group Senior Vice President, Corporate Communication, said: "Etisalat has submitted a preliminary conditional offer to buy a stake in Zain. Concluding this offer depends on the fulfilment of certain requirements and conditions necessary to finalise the deal. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

etisalat launches new Mobile Data Backup service

Posted on 28/09/2010

Customers can now be at ease with Etisalat's new Mobile Back-up service that gives them the comfort of safeguarding their mobile data and conveniently retrieving it in case of theft, accidental loss or damage to their mobile phones. The new service allows customers to protect their personal data on their mobile devices, such as Contacts, Calendars, Messages, Photos, Videos, Music and Ringtones. Mobile Back-up simply saves the mobile phone's data in a secure manner to Etisalat's mobile ...  >>MORE

du's IPTV wins Metropolitan Infrastructure Innovation award at Global Telecoms Business Awards 2010

Posted on 28/09/2010

Proving its position as a leader on the global innovation stage, Du has been awarded the prestigious Metropolitan Infrastructure Innovation Award by the UK's Global Telecoms Business (GTB) magazine, in recognition of its success in implementing top-of-the-range IPTV (Internet protocol TV) services. The award ceremony brought together industry leaders from across the world, during which Du was honoured under the 'Fixed Infrastructure Innovation' category. Other categories at the awards ...  >>MORE

etisalat Nigeria subscriber base hits 5million

Posted on 26/09/2010

UAE's top telecom services provider etisalat has announced that five million active subscribers are now talking on its Nigerian operation network. The company has achieved the five million subscriber base in less than two years of commercial operations in Nigeria's dynamic and highly competitive telecommunications market, said a top official. "We are very proud of Etisalat Nigeria, as it has made a significant achievement netting 5 million subscribers in less than two years of commercial ...  >>MORE

etisalat to launch iPhone 4 on Sept 25

Posted on 19/09/2010

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, popularly known as etisalat, on Saturday announced that it will launch the Apple iPhone 4 in the UAE on September 25. In a statement yesterday, the Abu Dhabi-based company said iPhone 4 will be launched in the country with a wide range of price plans to be offered to its customers. The iPhone 4 features FaceTime that will enable video calls and Apple's new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in super ...  >>MORE

Du gets US$207m to help 2G, 3G build-out

Posted on 16/09/2010

UAE telecoms operator du said on Wednesday that it signed a US$207 million export credit facility to fund the expansion and upgrade of its network. The facility is backed by ECA Euler Hermes, an export credit agency based in Germany, and will be used to roll out du's 2G and 3G network through the purchase of Nokia Siemens Networks, or NSN, solutions and services, the company said in an e-mailed statement. The company signed the financing agreement with KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, which was ...  >>MORE

UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar lead the Arab World in the penetration of telecom services

Posted on 08/09/2010

The United Arab Emirates is the most connected country in the Arab World, according to the Arab Advisors Group's annually released Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM). Saudi Arabia and Qatar followed in second and third ranks respectively. The Arab Advisors Group calculates its Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM) by adding the household mainlines penetration, cellular penetration, and Internet users penetration rates in each country. The household mainlines penetration is measured ...  >>MORE

etisalat sends strong signals to Syria, India

Posted on 07/09/2010

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation is seriously considering expanding into overseas markets, particularly making a push into the growing markets of Syria and India. The telecom giant, popularly known as etisalat, is interested in placing a bid for the Syria's third mobile phone licence, Chief Executive Officer for International Investments Jamal Al Jarwan told media on Monday. On the other hand, the Indian market — where etisalat is already present in the shape of a joint venture — ...  >>MORE

UAE leads Arab World in telecom penetration

Posted on 07/09/2010

The UAE is the most connected country in the Arab World followed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to the Arab Advisors Group's annually released Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM) report. The Arab Advisors Group calculates its Total Country Connectivity Measure (TCCM) by adding the household mainlines penetration, cellular penetration, and Internet users penetration rates in each country. The household mainlines penetration is measured by dividing the residential mainlines by the ...  >>MORE

UAE's telecom subscriptions more than double the population

Posted on 30/08/2010

The UAE's total GSM subscriber base increased 15.3 per cent year-on-year to 11.72 million at the end of June 2010, more than double the country's population, according to a latest report by Global Investment House. Telecom subscriber numbers witnessed a quarter-on-quarter growth of 2.4 per cent in subscriber base, added 272,100 new customers during the quarter. Du "In Q2-2010, etisalat added 90,000 subscribers while du added 182,100 subscribers achieving a quarter-on-quarter growth of 1.2 ...  >>MORE

TRA partners with Microsoft to boost UAE's Cyber Security Initiatives

Posted on 19/08/2010

aeCERT, a Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) initiative to build a secure and safe cyber culture in the UAE; signed an agreement with Microsoft Gulf to join its Security Cooperation Program (SCP). Under the agreement, aeCERT and Microsoft aim to promote the security of information systems and networks in the country and to exchange information to assist in that effort. The Security Cooperation Program is a no-fee program that helps further strengthen Microsoft's comprehensive ...  >>MORE

UAE telecom revenues cross US$6 billion

Posted on 19/08/2010

The UAE' s telecom market generated US$6.1 billion in service revenue in 2009, according to a new report from Pyramid Research , "UAE: Fibre Deployments Will Boost Uptake of Pay-TV and VoIP”. Broadband penetration in the UAE, at 18.3 per cent, is already the highest in the region, said the report, which was part of the Africa & Middle East Country Intelligence series, by the US-based research firm. "Since the market has now caught up with those of the developed world in terms of service ...  >>MORE

UAE making 'good progress' in RIM talks

Posted on 18/08/2010

The UAE is making "good progress" in talks with Research In Motion to solve a dispute over the government's ability to monitor BlackBerry handset communications, the ambassador to the US said yesterday. The UAE plans to suspend some BlackBerry services from October unless it gains access to the communications. India and Saudi Arabia this month reached agreements with RIM on data access. "Talks are going on and doing quite well," Yousuf Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the US, told reporters ...  >>MORE

du enhances global connectivity for businesses with latest Global IP VPN services

Posted on 17/08/2010

du yesterday announced the launch of its fully managed and converged Global IP VPN services - a new product that offers global connectivity solutions for businesses in the UAE. Global IP VPN service will seamlessly connect du customers' offices internationally via a fully resilient and secure global Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network. du's business customers can now replace multiple point-to-point legacy technology-based connectivity with a single, cost-effective multi site global ...  >>MORE

du selected a UAE Superbrand

Posted on 16/08/2010

After just three years since its inception, du has been recognised as a UAE Superbrand. Hala Badri, EVP Brand and Communications, du, was one of a few leading industry professionals chosen to speak at the Superbrands awards gala. In a brief and powerful speech Badri shared du's approach to building and developing their brand successfully, and called upon companies from the region to move away from a short-term approach of 'branding' towards a longer-term approach of 'brand development'. "We ...  >>MORE

Thuraya launches satellite aeronautical service

Posted on 12/08/2010

In line with its expansion strategy, Thuraya Telecommunications Company announced yesterday the launch of its first satellite aeronautical service, offering reliable and cost-effective voice communications on board all types of aircraft. The initial service offering is based on Thuraya's compact narrowband terminal which provides voice, fax and 9.6Kbps circuit switch data, as well as GmPRS data at speeds of up to 60 Kbps. Although announced only recently, the solution is already installed and ...  >>MORE

du posts record quarterly net of Dh275m

Posted on 10/08/2010

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, or du, said net profit for the second quarter of 2010 more than doubled to Dh275 million compared to Dh115 million in the same period of 2009. The 42 per cent increase over the previous quarter's profit of Dh194 million was achieved on the back of sustained growth in revenues and continued subscriber additions, the company said. du said it added 182,100 net active mobile subscribers during the second quarter, taking the total as of June 30 to ...  >>MORE

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TRA wins "Sheikh Khalifa Government Excellence Award"


Etisalat Afghanistan signs agreement with Afghanistan Telecom Regulator


TRA: telecom operators capable of protecting information security


du third-quarter net profit reaches Dh326m


etisalat updates proposal to acquire shares in Zain


TRA, ISnSC sign MoU to promote UAE's digital security


du invests Dh400 Million and selects Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its network


etisalat expands international IPVPN connectivity across USA, Europe, GCC and Asian subcontinent


etisalat announces financial results for first nine months of 2010


etisalat launches permission-based mobile advertising


du partners with RTA to broadcast Dalili Navigation System information for the benefit of motorists


The TRA, Research In Motion, etisalat and du partner to foster mobile innovation across the Middle East region


etisalat BusinessOne Super broadband service provides ultimate productivity advantage for businesses


etisalat seeks to raise more than US$9b to fund Zain bid


UAE wins ITU Council Membership for the 2nd Consecutive Itinerary


TRA opens the door for trademarks to apply for Arabic Top-Level Domain Name (dotEmarat)


All Blackberry services in the UAE to continue to operate as normal


Etisalat confirms uninterrupted Blackberry services


Du confirms uninterrupted Blackberry services


etisalat wins the dispute against Planor Afrique


etisalat records its largest number of roaming launches


Companies await BlackBerry outcome


etisalat chief predicts more global mergers


No final agreement has been reached with Zain: etisalat


etisalat submits preliminary conditional offer for Zain stake


etisalat launches new Mobile Data Backup service


du's IPTV wins Metropolitan Infrastructure Innovation award at Global Telecoms Business Awards 2010


etisalat Nigeria subscriber base hits 5million


etisalat to launch iPhone 4 on Sept 25


Du gets US$207m to help 2G, 3G build-out


UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar lead the Arab World in the penetration of telecom services


etisalat sends strong signals to Syria, India


UAE leads Arab World in telecom penetration


UAE's telecom subscriptions more than double the population


TRA partners with Microsoft to boost UAE's Cyber Security Initiatives


UAE telecom revenues cross US$6 billion


UAE making 'good progress' in RIM talks


du enhances global connectivity for businesses with latest Global IP VPN services


du selected a UAE Superbrand


Thuraya launches satellite aeronautical service


du posts record quarterly net of Dh275m