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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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

Inmarsat, Boeing sign US$1.2bn deal

Posted on 10/08/2010

The UAE's Inmarsat, which provides mobile satellite communications services, has signed a US$1.2 billion contract with The Boeing Company for the delivery of three 702HP Ka-band satellites to provide a high-speed mobile broadband service. With operations expected to start in 2014, Inmarsat-5 constellation will support a next generation global service, Global Xpress, which will target a US$1.4 billion incremental market opportunity in VSAT services. Global Xpress will address the ...  >>MORE

du upgrades all business broadband unlimited service

Posted on 09/08/2010

du announced yesterday it will be upgrading all its Business Broadband Unlimited service customers to 'Real Business Broadband', a plan offering higher speeds (up to 8 times) at no extra cost and exclusive international calling benefits. Business customers will be able to call the world and enjoy up to 70% discount on international calls on their Business Voice services Farid Faraidooni, chief commercial officer, Du, said "We are committed to helping businesses in the UAE lower their ...  >>MORE

BlackBerry trade dips by 90% in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/08/2010

Trading in the controversial BlackBerry device has plummeted by more than 90 per cent in Abu Dhabi since the UAE's telecommunications regulator announced plans to ban its services, dealers said on Monday. After dominating mobile phone trading in the capital for more than a year, the BlackBerry is now one of the least demanded handsets in the market although its prices have remained intact, they said. "We used to sell more than 50 BlackBerry handsets every week before the announcement to ban ...  >>MORE

The TRA's decision to suspend certain Blackberry services from Oct. 11 is final: official

Posted on 05/08/2010

"The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority's (TRA) decision to suspend certain Blackberry services from October 11th is final", TRA official told Emirates News Agency (WAM) in a statement yesterday. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general, TRA, added that "we remain open to discussions in order that an acceptable, regulatory-compliant solution might be developed and applied." – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

"Assurance Plan" from du for BlackBerry customers

Posted on 05/08/2010

du yesterday unveiled its "Assurance Plans" for individuals and businesses alike to choose from. These plans have been tailor-made to manage the current Blackberry situation with minimal disruption, and no upfront cost. The "Standard Assurance Plan" offers customers all the benefits that they are currently enjoying in addition to free 1000 local and international SMSs. Customers also have two additional plans to choose from which offer additional benefits. "We understand that during this ...  >>MORE

Dealers count losses from BlackBerry ban

Posted on 05/08/2010

Abu Dhabi's mobile phone dealers have started to count their losses from a decision by the UAE's telecommunications regulators to block BlackBerry services, which had sharply boosted their business in just over a year. Dealers said they believe more than Dh5million worth of BlackBerry handsets are now lying idle at shops on Defence Road, the emirate's main cellular phone shopping centre and the largest used mobile phone market in the region. Since the decision to ban such services in early ...  >>MORE

TRA signs to establish a national data base

Posted on 05/08/2010

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding with the National Bureau of Statistic (NBS) to enhance cooperation in the area of data collection, management and analysis with aims to establish a national data base. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, TRA Director General and Rashed Khamis Al Suwaidi, Director General of the National Bureau of Statistics signed the MoU at TRA headquarter in Abu Dhabi. The MoU sets the outline of joint cooperation to ...  >>MORE

Suspension of BlackBerry Services is a sovereign matter, TRA's DG

Posted on 04/08/2010

Director General of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, confirmed that the suspension of some of the "BlackBerry" services is a sovereign issue concerning the right of the State to preserve the confidentiality of information and correspondence, commercial, official and personal data, and to protect the national economy and companies from any threats. He denied rumours about violation of users' freedom. The move, he underlined, is not a reaction in the ...  >>MORE

etisalat launches high value mobility packages in response to BlackBerry suspension

Posted on 04/08/2010

etisalat yesterday responded rapidly to the announcement of the TRA to suspend BlackBerry services on October 11 and unveiled valuable, alternative mobility packages for its existing BlackBerry customers who were subscribed to the service as of July 31, 2010. The new packages offer bundled services such as SMS and MMS as well as mobile Internet data services and offer value far in excess of the monthly fee. The basic package includes 1,000 local and international SMS and MMS messages and ...  >>MORE

UAE envoy: U.S. comments on Blackberry issue 'disappointing and contradictory'

Posted on 03/08/2010

Washington D.C. - The UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba has described the U.S. State Department's comments yesterday on the UAE's announcement to suspend certain Blackberry services from October 11 as "disappointing and contradict the US Government's own approach to telecommunications regulation." "In fact, the UAE is exercising its sovereign right and is asking for exactly the same regulatory compliance - and with the same principles of judicial and regulatory oversight - ...  >>MORE

Roaming for Blackberry messenger, Blackberry email and Blackberry web-browsing will also be suspended as of 11 October, 2010: TRA says

Posted on 03/08/2010

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has said roaming for Blackberry messenger, Blackberry email and Blackberry web-browsing will also be suspended as of October 11th, 2010. The suspension of the said services will remain effective until Blackberry services become fully compliant with the UAE's regulatory requirements, TRA added in a press release. TRA has urged Blackberry subscribers to visit the offices of Etisalat and du to receive updates on the substitute services. – Emirates News ...  >>MORE

Visitors not exempted from BlackBerry curbs

Posted on 03/08/2010

Foreign visitors with BlackBerry phones will not be able to use the device for e-mail, messenger and web browsing in the UAE after October 11 when the country will be suspending these services to domestic customers. "Roaming for BlackBerry messenger, e-mail and web browsing will also be suspended as on October 11. This means that even visitors from abroad will not be able to use their BlackBerry phones from that day for these services. Whatever services that are being suspended within the ...  >>MORE

No danger signals for UAE operators

Posted on 03/08/2010

The impact on telecom operators in the UAE will be minimal should the suspension of BlackBerry services become permanent, according to analysts. The general consensus, however, is still that BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority will be able to reach an agreement before the October 11 deadline. The UAE's two telecom operators, Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (etisalat) and Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), have used ...  >>MORE

du informs customers on implementation of alternative plan

Posted on 03/08/2010

du has provided answers to customers inquiries regarding the announced decision of Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to suspend BlackBerry services (Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry E-mail and Blackberry Web-browsing) from October 11, 2010. In a statement yesterday the company has advised customers with beneficial information during the coming phase. As per the instruction received from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, BlackBerry services will continue until 10 ...  >>MORE

etisalat drops monthly rentals on some BlackBerry offers

Posted on 03/08/2010

etisalat has dropped some rental charges and offered free choice of a device or more local minutes as part of an alternative package on its BlackBerry offering. This is to offset the loss to customers from the proposed ban on BlackBerry internet services, which will come into effect from October 11. "We are committed to ensure your continued access to the internet for web browsing, e-mail and much more," said a notice from etisalat. For both the business and the individual subscriber of ...  >>MORE

TRA suspends Blackberry Messenger, E-mail and Web-Browsing services in UAE from October 11

Posted on 02/08/2010

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed yesterday that Blackberry Messenger, Blackberry E-mail and Blackberry Web-browsing services in the UAE will be suspended as of October 11th 2010. The suspension is a result of the failure of ongoing attempts, dating back to 2007, to bring Blackberry services in the UAE in line with UAE telecommunications regulations. Both telecommunications operators - etisalat and du - were informed of the decision yesterday. The notification was ...  >>MORE

etisalat statement regarding suspension of BlackBerry services in UAE

Posted on 02/08/2010

etisalat was informed yesterday by the UAE Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) to suspend BlackBerry services providing email, web browsing, instant messaging and social networking from October 11, 2010 until an acceptable solution can be developed and applied which brings the BlackBerry services in line with the UAE's telecommunications regulations. This is an important decision made by the Regulatory Authority and we fully understand the legal and social considerations behind the decision. ...  >>MORE

du statement on suspension of BlackBerry Services in UAE

Posted on 02/08/2010

We have been notified on August 1st 2010 by an instruction from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE that certain BlackBerry services will be suspended starting October 11th, 2010, says a statement of du. BlackBerry Email, BlackBerry web browsing, social networking, and instant messaging services on BlackBerry devices that are supported as part of the BlackBerry service, will be suspended. Customers will be able to continue using their BlackBerry devices for Voice, SMS, ...  >>MORE

Comparative overview of Telecommunications Regulations in US, UK and UAE

Posted on 02/08/2010

The US controls telecommunications networks and services at federal level, including control over the sale and use of wireless telecommunications devices, through the US Federal Communications Commission ("FCC"). The key legislation is the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended). The equivalent controls in the UK are administered by a Government Department (the Secretary of State for Business, Information and Skills) and a regulatory body - the Office of Communications ("Ofcom") and the key ...  >>MORE

Battling BlackBerry blues

Posted on 28/07/2010

When Barack Obama was elected to the White House in 2008 in a historic vote, one of his first acts as president was to surrender his beloved BlackBerry, commented a UAE daily. The device, which is operated by Canadian firm Research in Motion, was deemed too ‘unsafe' by the White House security team, and was replaced by a government-sanctioned alternative. "Now some half- a-million BlackBerry users in the UAE fear that they could also be asked to make a similar sacrifice", said Dubai-based ...  >>MORE

Users in UAE puzzled by BlackBerry 'threat'

Posted on 28/07/2010

Security experts in the UAE are still puzzled over Sunday's TRA press release claiming BlackBerry's messenger service is a threat to "social, judicial and national security". The TRA's statement also said that "BlackBerry ... is the only device operating in the UAE that immediately exports its data offshore and is managed by a foreign, commercial organisation." Rik Ferguson, a security expert for TrendMicro, one of the world's largest computer security companies, said that a number of other ...  >>MORE

etisalat receives Asia's Best Brand and Asia Best Employer Brand Awards

Posted on 27/07/2010

etisalat has received in Singapore on yesterday Asia's Best Brand and Asia's Best Employer brand awards form CMO Asia Awards and Employer Branding Institute in recognition of its valuable brand contributions and for being the most sought after employer in Asia. "etisalat is a master brand, a brand that all " look up to". As an Iconic Brand, Etisalat is a role model for many to Emulate. With its policies that are relevant to the current needs of the market, Etisalat is a choice at all times ...  >>MORE

TRA clear on BlackBerry usage rule

Posted on 27/07/2010

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) says it has no plans to stop messaging services for BlackBerry smartphones in the UAE. TRA executive director of Technology Development Affairs Mohammad Geyath told the Al Arabiya news service: "We are studying all options to regulate the services... but we don't have plans to stop them". The statement came one day after the TRA said that it was working with Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of the BlackBerry smartphones, to resolve ...  >>MORE

TRA: Ongoing efforts to regulate BlackBerry and safeguard users' personal data

Posted on 26/07/2010

The introduction of Blackberry in the UAE in 2006 pre-dates the 2007 introduction of the UAE's Safety, Emergency and National Security legislation, which regulates Blackberry applications in the UAE. Currently, Blackberry operates beyond the jurisdiction of national legislation, since it is the only device operating in the UAE that immediately exports its data off-shore and is managed by a foreign, commercial organization. As a result of how Blackberry data is managed and stored, in their ...  >>MORE

etisalat announces H1 2010 financial results

Posted on 19/07/2010

etisalat yesterday announced its consolidated financial results for the first six months of the year 2010, Growth of 2% in Etisalat net consolidated revenues to reach Dh16 billion compared to Dh15.7 billion recorded during the same period in 2009. Etisalat recorded net profit of Dh3.9. billion for the group compared to Dh4.6 billion recorded during the same period in 2009. Net assets also increased by 2.5% to reach Dh41.4 billion compared to Dh40.4 billion recorded last year. Earnings per ...  >>MORE

etisalat close to buying 26% Reliance stake

Posted on 19/07/2010

Shares in Reliance Communications rose more than three per cent on Monday after a Financial Times report said that Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (etisalat) was close to buying a 26 per cent stake in the Indian firm. Shares in Reliance were up 3.3 per cent at Rs193.25 this morning, while the Mumbai market was down 0.2 per cent. On Sunday, etisalat reported a 21 per cent fall in second-quarter profits. The Arab World's second-largest telecom operator by market value, now pursuing ...  >>MORE

First consortium to build terrestrial terabit cable system to bridge East and West

Posted on 18/07/2010

Six of the region's leading operators have signed a construction and maintenance agreement to build the RCN (Regional Cable Network) - a multi-terabit cable system stretching from the UAE through Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria into Europe. RCN will provide robust bandwidth connectivity for the region's growing broadband community. It will also provide greater diversity for each of the operators and protect their service from disruption from damage to undersea cable systems. Etisalat (UAE), ...  >>MORE

du mobile customers to Tweet on-the-go with UAE's first of its kind Twitter SMS service

Posted on 13/07/2010

In a quest to offer more flexibility to Twitter users, du yesterday launched the first-of-its-kind Twitter SMS service in the UAE, which will provide mobile customers with the opportunity to Tweet on-the-go via SMS. With this new service, du mobile customers can follow their friends and receive direct messages from followers using SMS at any time, within the UAE and abroad. Moreover, Twitter users will receive notifications totally free of charge and will only be charged for outgoing SMS at ...  >>MORE

TRA announces new anti-spam regulatory policy

Posted on 07/07/2010

The new policy will be effective July 2010; consumers will receive messages from their service providers requesting their consent to receive SMS marketing messages. In line with its strategy to further develop and enhance the performance of the telecommunications sector in the UAE, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a regulatory policy concerning spam in electronic communications, focusing on spam SMS for marketing purposes. The new policy will be applied on both ...  >>MORE

etisalat boosts telecommunications advancement in the UAE through infrastructure sharing

Posted on 05/07/2010

As the architect of UAE's telecommunications infrastructure over the last three decades, etisalat yesterday welcomed the positive step towards telecom infrastructure sharing, that will further stimulate telecommunications advancement in the UAE. etisalat has over the years invested in building nation's core fibre-optic network backbone that can now be extended to an entire spectrum of customers in the UAE. etisalat will also soon extend the benefits of its fixed-line and broadband services ...  >>MORE

du awards its first franchise

Posted on 28/06/2010

du has awarded its first franchise licence to a UAE-based company, AST Telecomm LLC, owned by two Emirati entrepreneurs and brothers, Ali Sulaiman Al Taheri and Shahin Sulaiman Al Taheri. "This is the very first achievement of du's partnership with the Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Programme for Young Business Leaders part of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development," the company said in a statement. du has announced a dedicated email address where people can apply for a ...  >>MORE

du introduces 'One World One Rate' for mobile internet while roaming

Posted on 17/06/2010

Recognising the internet's increasing involvement in everyone's daily lives, and in a bid to enhance its international roaming offer, du yesterday announced a flat data pricing rate for its subscribers, who are able to use mobile internet while travelling anywhere in the world. The transparent and attractive 'One World One Rate' for mobile internet while roaming - a first-of-its-kind offer in the GCC region - will enable customers to enjoy more value, simplicity and convenience than ever ...  >>MORE

etisalat to invest US$1.4b in Egypt

Posted on 13/06/2010

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, also known as Etisalat, will invest US$1.41 billion in its Egyptian subsidiary to expand its network during next three years, its chairman said on Saturday. "Our investment in the network has reached (Egyptian pound) EGP8 billion to date, and we expect that we will invest EGP8 billion more in the coming three years as networks expansion is a ‘priority' for the company,” Mohammad Hassan Omran said in a statement. Omran said the customer base for ...  >>MORE

du cuts South Africa roaming rates by 50%

Posted on 10/06/2010

With the World Cup in mind, du is offering those travelling to watch the games in South Africa a 50 per cent cut in roaming rates for the UAE on calls, SMS and mobile internet. These special rates are applicable to all du customers on any mobile network in South Africa from June 11 to July 11. – Emirates Business 24|7 ...  >>MORE

Dialling up a profit: UAE telecom sector

Posted on 06/06/2010

The UAE's telecommunication industry is seeing a gradual shift from mobile revenues and usage surge to greater development on the internet side. Mobile revenues are falling, while internet revenues are rising as users move to higher speed broadband internet. Data released by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the first Annual Market Review shows that revenues from mobile phone usage rose by three per cent despite the number of subscribers rising by 14 per cent. The yearly ...  >>MORE

etisalat launches eLife triple play service

Posted on 27/05/2010

etisalat yesterday announced the launch of its all inclusive eLife triple play service that bundles three services together - landline, broadband Internet and TV, for more convenience and greater value. The company has also announced an exciting chance to watch 2010 FIFA World Cup in high definition for free - through Al Jazeera Sport Channels, The official broadcaster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa - benefiting customers subscribing to eLife triple play bundles. ...  >>MORE

Mobile spam messages to be blocked in UAE soon

Posted on 25/05/2010

Mobile phone subscribers in the UAE will soon have the choice of blocking unwanted commercial and promotional text messages. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that it has asked telecommunications operators du and etisalat to provide subscribers with information on how to block incoming text messages. A TRA official told the local Arabic newspaper Emarat El Youm that beginning next June subscribers will be able to block all spam messages. The TRA has ...  >>MORE

UAE sees 20% annual growth in telecoms market, smart phones to drive sales in 2010

Posted on 18/05/2010

According to H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), the UAE's Dhs60bn telecoms market is set to grow 20% annually, with smart devices at the leading edge. Al Ghanim was addressing industry leaders at Mecom, the region's leading event for next generation ICT solutions and the only dedicated telecommunications and enterprise communications trade show and conference, which opened today (Monday 17 May) at the Abu Dhabi National ...  >>MORE

Record profits are rung up by du

Posted on 12/05/2010

Mobile customers continue to flock to du, the country's second-biggest mobile operator, which has reported record first-quarter results that included its highest profits and revenues so far. In the first three months of this year, du gained 266,000 mobile subscribers. Etisalat, the biggest telecommunications company in the UAE, lost about 30,000 in the same period in only the second quarterly subscriber decline in its history. In a statement accompanying the results, du said it "remains the ...  >>MORE

etisalat slashes international call rates to 50 fils per minute

Posted on 10/05/2010

In a move to offer the best international calling rates to landline customers, Etisalat has slashed the International Direct Dialling (IDD) rates to 50 fils per minute from May 10 till August 9, 2010. All UAE landline users can call anywhere in the world, anytime, at just 50 fils per minute during this period, Etisalat said in a statement. The offer is applicable for all landline users in the UAE, benefiting both, e-Life as well as non-Etisalat landline users. Users, who do not have an ...  >>MORE

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du posts record quarterly net of Dh275m


Inmarsat, Boeing sign US$1.2bn deal


du upgrades all business broadband unlimited service


BlackBerry trade dips by 90% in Abu Dhabi


The TRA's decision to suspend certain Blackberry services from Oct. 11 is final: official


"Assurance Plan" from du for BlackBerry customers


Dealers count losses from BlackBerry ban


TRA signs to establish a national data base


Suspension of BlackBerry Services is a sovereign matter, TRA's DG


etisalat launches high value mobility packages in response to BlackBerry suspension


UAE envoy: U.S. comments on Blackberry issue 'disappointing and contradictory'


Roaming for Blackberry messenger, Blackberry email and Blackberry web-browsing will also be suspended as of 11 October, 2010: TRA says


Visitors not exempted from BlackBerry curbs


No danger signals for UAE operators


du informs customers on implementation of alternative plan


etisalat drops monthly rentals on some BlackBerry offers


TRA suspends Blackberry Messenger, E-mail and Web-Browsing services in UAE from October 11


etisalat statement regarding suspension of BlackBerry services in UAE


du statement on suspension of BlackBerry Services in UAE


Comparative overview of Telecommunications Regulations in US, UK and UAE


Battling BlackBerry blues


Users in UAE puzzled by BlackBerry 'threat'


etisalat receives Asia's Best Brand and Asia Best Employer Brand Awards


TRA clear on BlackBerry usage rule


TRA: Ongoing efforts to regulate BlackBerry and safeguard users' personal data


etisalat announces H1 2010 financial results


etisalat close to buying 26% Reliance stake


First consortium to build terrestrial terabit cable system to bridge East and West


du mobile customers to Tweet on-the-go with UAE's first of its kind Twitter SMS service


TRA announces new anti-spam regulatory policy


etisalat boosts telecommunications advancement in the UAE through infrastructure sharing


du awards its first franchise


du introduces 'One World One Rate' for mobile internet while roaming


etisalat to invest US$1.4b in Egypt


du cuts South Africa roaming rates by 50%


Dialling up a profit: UAE telecom sector


etisalat launches eLife triple play service


Mobile spam messages to be blocked in UAE soon


UAE sees 20% annual growth in telecoms market, smart phones to drive sales in 2010


Record profits are rung up by du


etisalat slashes international call rates to 50 fils per minute