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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

etisalat's enhanced MMS service to cover international operators

Posted on 29/03/2009

etisalat yesterday announced the enhancement of its international MMS service to enable its customers to reach most of the mobile users around the world with more than 700+ international operators. As per this service, customers can now send an MMS to any destination in the world at the current international MMS charges. etisalat launched its MMS service in 2003, and has since been working towards continuous development of this service. In 2006, etisalat introduced its International MMS ...  >>MORE

etisalat launches [email protected] package

Posted on 22/03/2009

etisalat yesterday announced the launch of the [email protected] broadband package to provide temporary connections for customers who are planning to conduct events/exhibitions. Customers now have a convenient broadband connectivity alternative on a temporary basis without the need to commit to long term contracts for their conferences and exhibitions. Customers can now get unlimited broadband internet connection with unlimited usage for a temporary period. Customers will be charged on a ...  >>MORE

Mena's largest US$1bn space centre to be built in capital

Posted on 25/02/2009

Abu Dhabi will have the Mena region's largest space centre developed with a cost of US$1.03 billion (Dh3.7bn), it was announced at the ninth International Defence Exhibition and Conference. The centre with its own four satellites will be fully operational in 2013. It will receive, analyse and utilise data from satellites. It will be a fully commercial facility marketing its images and data international market. The Gulf Earth Observation Centre (4C Geoc) was announced under a three-way joint ...  >>MORE

iPhone now at etisalat stores

Posted on 22/02/2009

The Apple iPhone, which sold more than 10 million units worldwide last year but remained unavailable in the UAE, will be on sale in Etisalat stores from today. The cost of the device will vary, with the operator offering eight different pricing plans tied to 12-month packages. Customers who sign up to a Dh643 (US$175) monthly package will get the phone free, along with 500 minutes of national calling time, 300 national SMS messages and 2 gigabytes of internet downloads over the Etisalat 3G ...  >>MORE

Etisalat signs deal with FC Barcelona

Posted on 19/02/2009

Etisalat has signed a four-year partnership agreement with FC Barcelona to become the official international partner in the field of club telecommunications. The deal also involves privileges including the right to organise two international football matches between Barcelona and any team named by etisalat - in the UAE or any other country where etisalat operates. The duration of the agreement gives etisalat subscribers an opportunity to watch Barcelona - classified number one in the list of ...  >>MORE

du announces strengthened network coverage in western UAE

Posted on 18/02/2009

du, the UAE's integrated telecom service provider, yesterday unveiled expansion of its mobile network in the western region of the UAE covering major highways and going up to the border of Saudi Arabia. du now offers network connectivity across 94 percent of the populated areas in the UAE. This significant expansion in network footprint will provide added convenience and user experience to customers in the areas covering Al Sila international highway and major roads such as Al Salmia-Hamim, ...  >>MORE

The Interior Ministry warns of fraud

Posted on 17/02/2009

The UAE Interior Ministry has warned the cellular phone users against heeding unknown sms messages or phone calls, which inform them about winning awards or requesting their account numbers. Brig. Omair Mohammed Al Muhairi, Director of the Capital Police Directorate, said the police stations in Abu Dhabi, have received 14 reports from the victims of fraud and swindling. Unknown conmen exploited their phone services to seize AED120, 000. "This figure does not reflect genuine amount of fraud ...  >>MORE

Du reports first annual profit

Posted on 09/02/2009

Dubai-based telecom firm du earned Dh78 million in the fourth quarter, at the upper end of expectations, pushing the group to its first full year profit since launching mobile services in February 2007. Du posted a 2008 full year net profit of Dh4.124 million in 2008, compared with a loss of Dh885.27 million in 2007. Quarterly revenue rose to Dh1.23 billion, nearly double compared to the same period last year, the company said in a statement on Monday. The telecom firm also said it had ...  >>MORE

etisalat ready iPhone package for UAE

Posted on 03/02/2009

The Apple iPhone will be available in the UAE by the end of this month through a deal announced yesterday by Etisalat. The agreement, more than two years in the making, will make Etisalat the third network in the Middle East, after Vodafone in Egypt and Orange in Jordan, to offer the phone. The device has led to an explosion of interest in mobile internet browsing, and its large, touch-screen format is now being mimicked by every major player in the global mobile industry. Etisalat expects a ...  >>MORE

etisalat net profits grow 19% to Dh8.7b in 2008

Posted on 30/01/2009

etisalat on Thursday announced its preliminary results for 2008, reporting total annual Net Profits of Dh8.665bn. This shows a growth of 19% over 2007's figures, when the Group recorded Dh7.297bn in Net Profits. During the fourth quarter of 2008 the Group recorded a Net Profit of Dh2.1bn, before year-end adjustments, reflecting an increase of 18% as compared to the same period in 2007. etisalat also reported Dh26.119bn in Net Revenues for 2008, 22% higher than 2007's results of ...  >>MORE

du, Vodafone Sign Exclusive Partner Agreement

Posted on 29/01/2009

du, the UAE's integrated telecom service provider, and the UK's Vodafone jointly announced signing of a Partner Market Agreement on Wednesday. The exclusive strategic partnership will help both companies to better serve the needs of their respective customers in the UAE. Under the terms of this agreement, du will have exclusive access to Vodafone's range of products, devices and services in the UAE and will be able to draw on Vodafone's experience in supply chain management, technology ...  >>MORE

etisalat expands global footprint

Posted on 23/01/2009

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (etisalat), one of the region's largest telecom companies, has spread its reach to 18 countries in the past 32 years. The large leap is evidence of its aims to be one of the top 10 operators worldwide by 2010. The expeditious acquisition plan, which began with Tanzania's fourth mobile licence provider, Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) in 1999, is well under way with less than a year left. Early last year, the operator was ranked among the 20 largest operators ...  >>MORE

etisalat uses energy efficient technology

Posted on 21/01/2009

etisalat has confirmed its commitment to enhancing the uses of alternative energy and practicing the most energy efficient business practices across its operations and premises by using thermal insulation. Dr Ahmed Al Jarwan, General Manager at Etisalat Real Estate said, "etisalat is one of the UAE leaders in green building technology, architecture and design. We manage our operations with the latest smart-building technologies that help us to realise significant savings in power consumption. ...  >>MORE

TRA receives submissions for acquiring a license for broadcast mobile TV service in the UAE

Posted on 13/01/2009

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has finalized receiving submissions for acquiring a license for broadcast Mobile TV service in the UAE on 31 December 2008. The process of the licensing started with the TRA holding a public consultation during June 2008. On 17 June 2008, a briefing was held on the draft invitation document in Abu Dhabi, where a public invitation was announced in all UAE newspapers. Many interested parties attended the Briefing and used the opportunity to ...  >>MORE

UAE's etisalat wins Iran mobile phone licence

Posted on 13/01/2009

A consortium including Emirates Telecommunications (etisalat) has won an international tender for Iran's third mobile phone licence, Iranian media reported on Monday. Etisalat, the Arab world's second-largest telecommunications company by market value, said in December it was part of a consortium that had made the highest bid for the licence. Iran's nuclear row with the West has made foreign companies more wary of investing in the country, but analysts say the size of the market and its ...  >>MORE

Etisalat group makes top bid for Iran mobile licence

Posted on 24/12/2008

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, etisalat, yesterday announced that etisalat consortium was the highest bidder in the auction for the third mobile network licence in Iran. On the Abu Dhabi Securities website, the company posted a statement saying it was placed first on a list of consortia in terms of financial offer. "The telecom market in the Islamic Republic of Iran has a very promising future, mainly due to its rapidly growing population estimated at 73 million and the low ...  >>MORE

Etisalat is strongest Arab telecom brand

Posted on 24/12/2008

Etisalat has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Arab Brands by Forbes Arabia, the Dubai-based Arabic edition of the internationally acclaimed Forbes business magazine. In its annual survey, the magazine ranked etisalat at number eight and is the only telecom service provider to be featured in the top 10 list. A new entrant to the annual listing, etisalat is several notches ahead of the next mentioned telecom operator in the Middle East region, Zain from Kuwait; which is listed at 15. The ...  >>MORE

du roaming coverage expanded to 350 networks

Posted on 23/12/2008

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du) has now expanded its roaming span to 350 networks in 125 countries, the company told Gulf News. The operator that began operations in February last year has significantly added to the roaming network number of 300 it had four months ago. Osman Sultan, chief executive of du, said, "Few telecom companies worldwide reach the 350 international roaming agreement mark in less than two years of starting operations. It is a new regional benchmark ...  >>MORE

Etisalat, du work to ease services

Posted on 21/12/2008

Etisalat, du, Qatar Telecom, France Telecom and others have been working overtime to rectify an underwater cable disruption between Sicily in southern Italy and Cairo, Egypt, that has affected internet, data and voice communications in several countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. An official spokesman from etisalat told Emirates Business: "We are working on a substitute route. Three cables in the Mediterranean Sea have been cut, affecting telecommunications in the Middle ...  >>MORE

Internet services continue in UAE despite cable damage: Etisalat

Posted on 20/12/2008

International Internet services were disrupted this afternoon due to damage to three undersea telecoms cables in the Mediterranean Sea, according to the UAE Telecommunications Company - Etisalat. In a statement, a copy of which was received by WAM, Etsalaat said it took several precautionary measures to ensure the flow of Internet services in the UAE, although many countries linked to the damaged cables were seriously affected... "Etisalat was able to use alternative routes shortly after ...  >>MORE

etisalat crowned number one Mideast telcom

Posted on 17/12/2008

etisalat was named the Best Middle East Telecommunications company at the Arabian Business Achievement Awards. This is the second time that the UAE operator has won this accolade from Arabian Business, and the fifth time that etisalat has been named best in the Middle East in the last three years. etisalat's international expansion is gaining the respect of the global telecommunications community and is bringing it closer to achieving its aim to be one of the top 10 telcom operators in the ...  >>MORE

etisalat named world's best international carrier

Posted on 03/12/2008

Over 500 influencers and decision-makers, CEOs and senior executives gathered in London to witness etisalat and other leading telecommunications players being awarded for their contribution to the telecommunications industry in 2008. This was for the World Communications Awards (WCA), in which etisalat was named the world's 'Best International Carrier'. 'The short-list for the Best International Carrier Award was made up of operators who were already recognized as the best in their region. ...  >>MORE

Countdown continues for launch of UAE satellite

Posted on 17/11/2008

The UAE's first satellite, due to launch within six months, will enable the Government to better plan by tracking and mapping the country's changing landscape minute by minute. At the Global Space Technology Forum in Abu Dhabi yesterday, programme managers said the satellite would be launched in the first quarter of next year from a base in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. That is delayed from the end of this year. The satellite has been finished since July, but sending it into space has been subject to ...  >>MORE

etisalat eyes acquisitions with US$3bn fund

Posted on 17/11/2008

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (etisalat) is eyeing acquisitions as it seeks to benefit from falling prices in a financial crisis, potentially using its US$3 billion (Dh11 billion) in cash, a senior official said on Sunday. Like other Gulf Arab telecom firms, etisalat has been snapping up assets worth billions of dollars in populous countries such as Egypt and Pakistan. When asked about the cash position of etisalat to finance possible acquisitions, Ahmad Julfar said: "We have over US$3 ...  >>MORE

du telecom turns profitable, shares rise

Posted on 03/11/2008

Dubai telecom firm du posted its first ever profit in the third quarter, a year ahead of schedule, thanks to subscription growth and a one-time gain, sending its shares up as much as 6 percent on Sunday. Telecom firms in the world's top oil-exporting region have been expanding their operations at home and abroad as the economy grows and the population expands. Du posted net income of 31.47 million dirhams (US$8.57 million) in the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with a loss of 241.94 ...  >>MORE

etisalat Nigeria announces the start of its commercial services

Posted on 26/10/2008

etisalat Nigeria, which took its place among other etisalat Operations and international telecom players at one of the largest technology forums in the world, GITEX, has announced its full commercial services in Nigeria from Friday 24 October 2008. etisalat will open the doors to Nigerians in several cities spanning all six geo-political zones of the country from 24 October 2008. It will offer nearly a million Nigerians who reserved numbers on its 0809uchoose campaign immediate redemption of ...  >>MORE

Yahsat 1B satellite will allow cheaper broadband access

Posted on 23/10/2008

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has announced the launch of a revolutionary satellite broadband internet service, "YahClick" that will be offered for the first time in many countries of the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South-West Asia. The service will be available to homes and companies through Yahsat 1B, Yahsat's second satellite to be launched in mid-2011. Yahsat is the UAE's first nationally-owned satellite operator and a wholly-owned subsidiary of ...  >>MORE

du claims 30% of mobile market ahead of schedule

Posted on 23/10/2008

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du) estimates it has reached its target of 30 per cent mobile market share, 16 months ahead of schedule. Osman Sultan, chief executive at du, told Gulf News that the estimation, based on active subscribers, indicates that the company's growth has exceeded everyone's expectations. "The UAE is experiencing extraordinary growth. That's one track fuelling our own growth and we focus on getting the best market share from this," he said. The ...  >>MORE

Etisalat global customer base exceeds 74 mn

Posted on 21/10/2008

Etisalat has announced its international subscriber base across its seventeen markets has exceeded 74 million, including fixed-line, Internet, cable TV and mobile subscribers. These figures were announced during etisalat's gala dinner attended by H.E. Mohammed Hassan Omran, Chairman of etisalat various national, regional and international companies, and senior representatives from government and private organizations. "Etisalat is in its strongest position ever and is on course to achieving ...  >>MORE

Etisalat posts record profit in nine months

Posted on 19/10/2008

Etisalat announced yesterday that its profits for the period ending in September this year has reached a record Dh 7.3bn. Its net profits for Q3 rose to a staggering Dh 2.1bn, a statement showed. The Q3 profits showed a clear increase of 19pc in comparison to the same period during 2007. The etisalat statement said that the profit on each share stood at Dh 1.21, a clear rise over the Dh 0.92 during the same period last year. This came after the announcement of etisalat of its entry into the ...  >>MORE

Yahsat announces launch of Internet service YahClick

Posted on 19/10/2008

AL Yah Satellite Communications Company PrJsc (Yahsat), the UAE's first nationally-owned satellite operator, announced the launch of a revolutionary satellite broadband Internet service "YahClick." The service will be offered for the first time in many countries of the Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South West Asia. The service will be available for both home users and enterprises through Yahsat 1B. Yahsat's second satellite will be launched in mid 2011. Yahsat is UAE's ...  >>MORE

Low-cost phone lines for workers

Posted on 14/10/2008

A new mobile phone service for labourers was yesterday launched by a Government labour committee. Authorities say they will use the "alo” package, being launched in conjunction with du, the telecoms operator, in part to contact workers about issues such as changes in labour rules through text messages. Under the system, those eligible will not have to pay for a mobile number or be charged an annual fee for using it. Du normally charges Dh55 for a pay-as-you-go SIM card and Dh100 a year for ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces new off-peak plan

Posted on 13/10/2008

Etisalat announced a new International Super Off-Peak plan which would give both its Wasel and GSM customers more savings on their off-peak calls to international destinations all over the world. The new plan will be an optional one for customers with the added benefits of no rental or activation fees. Customers who subscribe to the new plan would get 50 per cent savings on the off-peak rate for their international calls as part of a new Super Off-Peak Plan. The Super Off-Peak hours will be ...  >>MORE

TRA allows operators to drop prices

Posted on 12/10/2008

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has announced that telecom operators in the country will now be able to drop prices for competition. TRA Director-General Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim said: "The TRA has made several improvements to its Price Control Regulatory Policy and Procedure. Now, the service providers can request a fast track review of certain prices to enable them to react to rapidly changing market demands. "Bringing new prices to the market faster facilitates ...  >>MORE

Etisalat join hands with BT to set up the first telecommunications research centre in the Middle East

Posted on 08/10/2008

Etisalat, Khalifa University for Science, Technology and Research (Kustar) and the British Telecom (BT) signed yesterday a partnership agreement to set up an international centre for telecommunications research and innovation. The centre to be based in the U.A.E. will open in the first quarter of 2009 and it will be the first of its kind in the Middle East region. In a statement, chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, chairman of Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) ...  >>MORE

Two new ground satellite will be built out in the desert

Posted on 07/10/2008

Two satellite tracking ground stations are to be built in the desert next year to service the UAE's first satellite communication systems. One of the sites is about 40km from the city centre of Abu Dhabi, while the other is located near Al Ain. Combined, the sites will cover 15,000 square metres and house technical and administrative buildings, and large antennae to keep track of the satellites, reports Clarke Bond, the British engineering and management consultancy company appointed as the ...  >>MORE

TRA clarifies stand on revamping call charges

Posted on 03/10/2008

The UAE Tele-communications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is contemplating a decision that would allow the country's two licensed telecom operators - etisalat and du - to reduce international call charges in lieu of charging customers for services that are currently being provided by them for free, a TRA official told Gulf News on Thursday. But the official added that a decision will not be taken until a thorough study is done on its socio-economic impact. The study will consider the impact on ...  >>MORE

Etisalat buying ME firm before year-end

Posted on 29/09/2008

After acquiring a 45 per cent share in India's Swan Telecom, the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation will buy a majority stake in a Middle East telecoms firm this year as part of its growth and expansion outside the UAE. Citing Jamal Al Jarwan, the company's head of international investments, Reuters said in a report that talks between Etisalat and the other operator are on their final stages. He said Etisalat is looking at "at least one more acquisition” this year after last week's ...  >>MORE

E-Marine to unveil CMROV 280 system for Cable Ship NIWA at GITEX 2008

Posted on 29/09/2008

E-Marine PJSC, the leader in submarine cable installation, maintenance and repair in the Middle East, announced that it would showcase the latest addition to its fleet, CS NIWA - a new world class Remote Operated Vehicle system, named CMROV280 - at GITEX 2008. Visitors to the exhibition which begins on October 19, will be able to learn more about the capabilities of E-marines fleet and the ROV's as well as the other unique features of E-Marine's flagship cable layer - NIWA. E-Marine will be ...  >>MORE

etisalat and RIM launch BlackBerry Bold in UAE

Posted on 28/09/2008

etisalat and Research In Motion (RIM) on Saturday announced the availability of the BlackBerry Bold smartphone in the Middle East. From October 7, etisalat customers will have the opportunity to experience a top of the line smartphone with an unbeatable combination of elegant design and advanced functionality for a great 3G experience. They will be able to access various applications and use the phone for business and entertainment while staying connected through etisalat's high-speed ...  >>MORE

UAE's first earth observation satellite to launch in late 2008

Posted on 24/09/2008

The Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), has announced that DubaiSat-1, the country's first remote sensing/Earth Observation satellite, is all set to launch. The UAE's first earth observation satellite was developed by SatrecI in South Korea with in-depth participation by UAE engineers from the EIAST and is "space ready" according to an official in Dubai. Dubai Sat-1 will provide the UAE with its first dedicated Eye in the Sky, and now awaits its launch later this ...  >>MORE

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etisalat's enhanced MMS service to cover international operators


etisalat launches [email protected] package


Mena's largest US$1bn space centre to be built in capital


iPhone now at etisalat stores


Etisalat signs deal with FC Barcelona


du announces strengthened network coverage in western UAE


The Interior Ministry warns of fraud


Du reports first annual profit


etisalat ready iPhone package for UAE


etisalat net profits grow 19% to Dh8.7b in 2008


du, Vodafone Sign Exclusive Partner Agreement


etisalat expands global footprint


etisalat uses energy efficient technology


TRA receives submissions for acquiring a license for broadcast mobile TV service in the UAE


UAE's etisalat wins Iran mobile phone licence


Etisalat group makes top bid for Iran mobile licence


Etisalat is strongest Arab telecom brand


du roaming coverage expanded to 350 networks


Etisalat, du work to ease services


Internet services continue in UAE despite cable damage: Etisalat


etisalat crowned number one Mideast telcom


etisalat named world's best international carrier


Countdown continues for launch of UAE satellite


etisalat eyes acquisitions with US$3bn fund


du telecom turns profitable, shares rise


etisalat Nigeria announces the start of its commercial services


Yahsat 1B satellite will allow cheaper broadband access


du claims 30% of mobile market ahead of schedule


Etisalat global customer base exceeds 74 mn


Etisalat posts record profit in nine months


Yahsat announces launch of Internet service YahClick


Low-cost phone lines for workers


Etisalat announces new off-peak plan


TRA allows operators to drop prices


Etisalat join hands with BT to set up the first telecommunications research centre in the Middle East


Two new ground satellite will be built out in the desert


TRA clarifies stand on revamping call charges


Etisalat buying ME firm before year-end


E-Marine to unveil CMROV 280 system for Cable Ship NIWA at GITEX 2008


etisalat and RIM launch BlackBerry Bold in UAE


UAE's first earth observation satellite to launch in late 2008