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UAE, Bahrain top Arab world in internet and mobile phone access

Posted on 26/12/2007

The UAE tops the Arab world in the number of internet users per every thousand users, but places second behind Bahrain in the use of cellular phone. It is also second behind Lebanon in the use of standard telephones (landlines), according to a 2005 statistics. A 2007/2008 human development report issued by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that the UAE tops all Arab countries in the area of world wide web access, with 308 users per every 1000 persons, Kuwait places second ...  >>MORE

etisalat launches voice SMS

Posted on 16/12/2007

etisalat on Saturday unveiled voice SMS. Mobile customers of etisalat can now record their personal voice clips of up to 30 seconds instead of typing text SMS and send it to any other etisalat mobile users, who will receive the SMS notification and the steps to follow to retrieve the voice message. There are no handset specifications or settings required for this service. To send a message, simply dial *(star) followed by the mobile number (for example: dial *0501234567) and press the call ...  >>MORE

du signs agreement for flight connectivity

Posted on 16/12/2007

du on Saturday signed an international roaming agreement with AeroMobile, a provider of mobile phone services to airlines, to bring in flight connectivity to its mobile users. du's AeroMobile services will be launched by early 2008, the company said in a statement.UK-based AeroMobile offers passengers in-flight access to their du mobile phones and PDAs. Designed to enable mobile phones to operate at minimum power level, the system has no impact on any of the aircraft systems or subsystems. ...  >>MORE

Etisalat acquires 15.97% in Indonesian mobile operator Excelcomindo for Dh1.6 Billion

Posted on 12/12/2007

Etisalat has acquired a15.97 per cent stake in the Indonesian mobile operator Excelcomindo - the third largest mobile operator in Indonesia for US$438 million (Dh1.6 billion) for the stake, implying the equity value of Excelcomindo to be US$2.742bn (Dh9.955bn).With this acquisition, Etisalat now operates across 16 countries worldwide. Mohammad Hassan Omran, chairman of Etisalat, said: "Etisalat follows a strategy based on international best practice in investment, growing and adding value ...  >>MORE

New dial code for mobile number series

Posted on 06/12/2007

Etisalat will soon begin allocating mobile numbers with '0566' dialling code, as the current '050' code is nearing the maximum limit of numbers that can be issued, a statement from the telecom provider said. Strong customer demand has necessitated the introduction of a new mobile number series, it added. Etisalat has 6.3 million mobile subscribers, attaining a 150 per cent mobile penetration among the UAE's nearly 4.3 million population. Its domestic rival du has 1 million subscribers with ...  >>MORE

UAE set to become Middle East's 'most wired' region

Posted on 04/12/2007

The UAE is becoming the Middle East's most attractive place for information and communications technology (ICT), according to a recent report. The Middle East ICT Market Analysis report points to Dubai's Internet City, free trade zones and heavy IT investments as major boosters. The report predicts that the UAE ICT industry will become a regional ICT hub worth US$2.4 billion by 2011. The upsurge in the demand for ICT products in the country has mainly been led by the rising number of retail ...  >>MORE

etisalat to invest US$5.5b in African expansion plan

Posted on 22/11/2007

etisalat, the UAE's leading telecom operator which has already invested US$4.5 billion in international expansion, will pump in another US$5.5 billion in African markets, a top official said."This includes US$4.1 billion in East Africa and US$1.4 billion in West Africa," Mohammad Hassan Omran, etisalat chairman, told delegates at the Telecoms World conference."We acquired seven of our eight international assets during the last three years, with a market value of US$11 billion." etisalat, which ...  >>MORE

du bags best brand award

Posted on 22/11/2007

Phone company du was voted the best brand at the Telecoms World Awards Middle East. The new UAE operator was praised for its ‘innovative branding and outstanding success'. The company was a finalist in the best new service, best customer experience and best operator categories. Osman Sultan, du's chief executive officer, was one of the finalists for the special merit award. The awards have been set up to recognise and celebrate leaders, innovators and pioneers in the industry. The ceremony ...  >>MORE

Etisalat on top with award of best operator in the Middle East

Posted on 21/11/2007

Etisalat was declared the Best Overall Operator in 2007 at the Telecom World Middle East Awards held yesterday in Abu Dhabi. The award was contended by all fixed and mobile network operators or service providers who have a service offering in the Middle East. A panel of international judges reviewed the entries paying particular attention to excellence in quality of service, reliability and customer service. It also evaluated the operators' ability to demonstrate a strong service portfolio, ...  >>MORE

UAE posts 170% mobile penetration

Posted on 20/11/2007

The number of mobile subscribers in the UAE crossed 7.3 million this month, raising the mobile penetration level to nearly 170 per cent in an estimated population of 4.3 million, telecom officials said. etisalat, the UAE's leading telecom operator, has registered 6.3 million mobile subscribers to date, while its new domestic rival du announced last week that its subscriptions have crossed one million. Officially, the UAE's population is 4.1 million including 2.7 million labourers according to ...  >>MORE

Etisalat now serves 6.3m mobile users

Posted on 18/11/2007

Etisalat has announced that its mobile customer base has crossed 6.3 million customers, making it the number one telecom operator in terms of mobile penetration in the world. This achievement has been accomplished through a combination of best-of-breed technology, a commitment to providing the best services, and the presence of a workforce with immense experience. Essa Al Haddad, Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat, stated that Etisalat's 3.5G network has the widest coverage in the UAE. ...  >>MORE

Etihad reassured on condition on Toulouse injured

Posted on 18/11/2007

Etihad Airways has welcomed news that injuries sustained to a number of people during pre-delivery ground tests of an Airbus A340-600 aircraft are not life-threatening. Chief executive James Hogan said: "We send those involved our very best wishes for a speedy recovery. Their welfare is our primary concern and our thoughts are very much with them, their family, friends and co-workers." No Etihad Airways staff were involved in the incident. Etihad continues to liaise closely with aircraft ...  >>MORE

Etisalat extends Area Info Display service

Posted on 04/11/2007

Etisalat has extended its popular Area Info Display service to cover the entire nation. Across the UAE, Etisalat phones will display the area name, ensuring that unknown locations in the UAE are a thing of the past. With 100% nationwide mobile coverage, Etisalat customers will be able to benefit from this facility even in remote areas away from cities and towns. This service especially complements the strides that the UAE is taking towards making the nation a preferred tourist destination. ...  >>MORE

du announces Dh412m revenue for the third quarter

Posted on 01/11/2007

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC (du), the second telecom operator in the UAE, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007 Net sales revenues for the third quarter at Dh412m represents an increase of 36% over that achieved in quarter 2 (Dh302m) and a 304% increase over the comparable period last year (Qtr 3 2006 - Dh102m) and brings the total nine-month revenue to 30 September 2007 to Dh898m an increase of 196% compared with the similar ...  >>MORE

etisalat takes over Zanzibar Telecom

Posted on 23/10/2007

Emirates Telecommunications (etisalat), the third-largest Gulf telecom firm by market value, said yesterday it had raised its stake in Tanzania's fourth operator Zanzibar Telecom to 51 per cent. etisalat bought an additional 17 per cent of the African company better known as Zantel, the company said in a statement on the Abu Dhabi bourse website, without saying how much it paid. Zantel, the smallest mobile phone operator in Tanzania, hopes to double its customer base to as many as one million ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces net profits of Dh 5.534 billion in Q3

Posted on 16/10/2007

Etisalat yesterday announced its third quarter financial results for the nine-month period ending 30 September 2007. The corporation has seen growth in consolidated revenues of 30 percent compared to the same period in 2006, and net profits of Dh 5.534 billion. Etisalat's consolidated revenues for the period was recorded at Dh 15.38 billion, showing an increase of Dh 3.57 billion, approximately 30%, over 2006 figures. Earnings Per Share rose to Dh 1.11 in the year to date from Dh 0.88 in Q3 ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and RIM announce the first fully Arabic BlackBerry device for customers

Posted on 08/10/2007

Etisalat and Research In Motion (RIM) yesterday announced the launch of the first fully Arabic BlackBerry 8700g device with Arabic language text input support and an Arabic user interface. Customers will be able to compose Arabic e-mails, browse Arabic websites and input Arabic text for personal information management (PIM) applications. For corporate customers BlackBerry Enterprise Server software tightly integrates with IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise ...  >>MORE

UAE not to open up telecom sector to foreign firms

Posted on 02/10/2007

The UAE government has ruled out opening up the telecommunications sector to foreign players in the near future and expects tariffs to become competitive because etisalat no longer has monopoly on running phone and internet services. "So far we have not really looked at it, mainly because we feel the existing number of telecom companies is enough at present. In the future, this is something that we will leave to the needs and requirements of the market," Minister of Government Sector ...  >>MORE

Lower telecom tariff likely soon - official

Posted on 02/10/2007

Customers will benefit from the increased competition between the UAE's telecommunication providers, etisalat and du, a senior official said. The telecom rates will become more competitive eventually, Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Government Sector Development, said. While du's entry into the UAE telecom scene ended etisalat's monopoly, a price war had been ruled out. But Al Mansouri said it [better tariff] will come eventually."As the other company [du] gains strength, we will ...  >>MORE

du registers 850,000 subscriptions

Posted on 17/09/2007

New UAE telecom operator du has reached the 850,000 mark for mobile subscriptions during its first seven months of operation, its chief executive said. Chief executive Osman Sultan confirmed the figures during the Gitex Technology Week in Dubai, which saw a number of promotions and discounts announced for du mobile customers. "This sounds like a more than a 10 per cent market share, which for a company with less than one year of operation is very good," noted Wael Ziada, a telecom analyst at ...  >>MORE

Solar power tracker to be unveiled soon

Posted on 15/09/2007

A solar power tracker is to be unveiled at Knowledge Village soon. A solar power tracker is a pivoting solar panel which faces the sun, absorbs light and transforms it into electrical energy. Switchpower, a Swedish renewable energy company has donated the tracker to Tecom. Andrew Machirant, head of business development with Switchpower, said he was happy to see that progress is being made despite the delay. The installation process is being executed in stages. "Local technical staff ...  >>MORE

Avaya arms DCD with high-tech emergency response systems

Posted on 14/09/2007

The Dubai Civil Defence (DCD) has chosen Avaya as its communications partner in the ongoing efforts to protect lives, properties and the city's environment, the department announced today at a press conference onsite at GITEX 2007. Avaya's solution will be accessed by more than 700 DCD employees across the headquarters and branches. According to an agreement signed today, Avaya will connect the DCD headquarters and its twelve branches across the city, in a seamless converged communication ...  >>MORE

Dubai to get own satellite

Posted on 12/09/2007

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology, (EIAST), a Dubai government organisation, has signed an MoU with the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS), as it gears up to launch DubaiSat-1, a project that will initiate its ambitious space programme. As per the MoU, DubaiSat-1 will be launched under the supervision of the Russian Federal Space Agency through the Moscow-based International Space Company (ISC), Kosmotras. Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, head of EIAST, and ...  >>MORE

etisalat and Virgin form alliance

Posted on 11/09/2007

etisalat and Virgin Megastore have formed a strategic alliance covering joint retail and promotional activities. 'Reach Entertainment' is the campaign's slogan and throughout the three year tie-up Etisalat will have a presence inside all of Virgin Megastore's outlets across the UAE. The two firms are planning to unveil a number of special joint promotions. (Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

du strengthens network coverage across UAE

Posted on 10/09/2007

du said yesterday it had strengthened its network coverage across the UAE. The network will provide easier access to mobile communications and 3G/2G data services. Osman Sultan, chief executive officer of du, said: "It is our ongoing endeavour to extend the joy of mobile telephony to benefit more and more people in the UAE. The continuous feedback from our customers over our six months of operations has assisted us to identify areas to strengthen our presence. Whether it is a highway or a home, ...  >>MORE

etisalat arm establishes point of presence in Asia

Posted on 03/09/2007

Emirates Internet Exchange (Emix), a part of etisalat, has established its point of presence (POP) in Singapore, its first in Asia and sixth worldwide. Emix previously had five PoPs in different parts of the world - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, New York, London and Amsterdam. The company continues to pursue the establishment of additional POPs in Europe and the US.Ali Al Amiri, executive vice-president, Carrier and Wholesale Services, etisalat, said: "Establishing POPs in major internet hubs around the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches GSM in Afghanistan

Posted on 30/08/2007

Etisalat's Afghan subsidiary on Wednesday launched its GSM service across Afghanistan, where mobile penetration has reached is eight per cent. Afghanistan is Etisalat's 14th market and third with the Etisalat brand after UAE and Saudi Arabia. Etisalat Afghanistan's coverage and wide range of services are now available in Kabul, Herat, Mazar-i-Sherif, Kunduz and Jalalabad. The cities and areas of Kandahar, Ghazni, Poli Khumri, Baghlan and Paghman will have coverage before Ramadan. Etisalat ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Group invests in telecom

Posted on 22/08/2007

The venture capital arm of the Abu Dhabi Group has acquired a 50 per cent stake in Arvato Middle East Sales (AMES), the regional affiliate of Germany's Bertelsmann Arvato Mobile Middle East Group. The deal is part of Abu Dhabi Group's strategy to tap into the high growth telecom industry. AMES will bring to the regional market a full range of digital media services, designed to dominate the areas of mobile and PC entertainment in the Middle East, Africa, the subcontinent and selected Pacific ...  >>MORE

etisalat to offer 'triple play' service soon

Posted on 20/08/2007

etisalat expects to offer 'triple play' service to more than 100,000 customers this quarter once government regulators approve its pricing scheme, its chief executive said. Triple play is a bundled service delivering fixed line and high-speed TV and internet over one cable into the home or office. It is often touted as producing cost savings to operators and customers. "Customers will be able to receive state of the art technology at very high broadband speeds," Mohammad Al Qamzi said. "This ...  >>MORE

etisalat hopes to report more than 30% growth in earnings

Posted on 17/08/2007

etisalat's second half net profit could top 30 per cent, matching what it earned in the first half of 2007, its chief executive said. The UAE telecom operator, which provides telecommunications services in 14 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Pakistan, reported first half profits of 33 per cent, or Dh3.73 billion (US$1.02 billion). The results did not disclose group revenues or what percentage was derived from overseas operations. "The growth will be there," etisalat CEO Mohammad ...  >>MORE

UAE free zones are still beyond etisalat's reach

Posted on 16/08/2007

Dubai etisalat is being restricted from providing telecom services in the UAE's free zones, its chief executive said yesterday. Mohammad Al Qamzi said etisalat was unable to access the 2,200 businesses in Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City because of resistance from Tecom, the owner of these free zones, and du, which operates a monopoly there for fixed line, TV and internet. "This is really the million dollar question," Al Qamzi told Gulf News. "We don't understand this - a lot of ...  >>MORE

Ringing in a safe and green environment

Posted on 16/08/2007

Fifty thousand mobile phones have been collected in 50 days from residents to be recycled since the campaign was launched to rid homes and offices of unused handsets. EnviroFone launched the campaign to protect the environment from contaminated and harmful toxins found in mobile phones and accessories in mid-June, under the patronage of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA). Drop boxes across the country filled up rapidly and the total number of mobile phones now stands at 50,000 ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches Mobile Modem

Posted on 14/08/2007

Etisalat launched yesterday the latest mobile Data USB Modem, available for the first time in the country. Laptop users on the move now have the option of connecting to the Internet in 97% of the populated areas in the UAE. The new USB modem and the latest version of the PCMCIA data card both bring speeds of up to 7.2 megabits per second (Mbps) in the downstream and 1.9 mbps in the upstream. Smaller than a standard PC mouse, this USB modem can be used with both laptop and desktop computers ...  >>MORE

Yahsat satellite deal ushers new era in UAE communications industry

Posted on 09/08/2007

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company "Yahsat", a wholly owned subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company Mubadala Development Company, today signed a historic agreement with a European consortium comprising of EADS Astrium /Thales Alenia Space to manufacture an USUS$1.66 billion (Dh6 billion) dual satellite communications system in time for a launch in the second half of 2010. The signing took place at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed Bin ...  >>MORE

etisalat and du closer to network deal

Posted on 05/08/2007

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the UAE (TRA) has established a committee to activate the process of sharing the networks sites between etisalat and du. This committee has reached an agreement on the sites sharing mechanism, and on the practice rules among the operators. The TRA chairs the committee's periodical meetings that audit the sharing process. "The number of mobile sites shared between the two operators has reached more than 30 sites as of July," said Saif Bin Ghelaita, ...  >>MORE

du announces Dh302 million revenue for second quarter of 2007

Posted on 01/08/2007

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC, (du), the new telecom operator in the UAE, yesterday announced its 2007 second quarter results. The second quarter (April-June 2007) financial results showed net sales revenues growth of 184% to Dh 302.3m compared with the similar period last year (Quarter 2 2006: Dh 106.5m) bringing total revenues for the six months ending 30 June 2007 to Dh 485.5m (2006: Dh 200.9m). This increase in revenues reflects both the successful launch of the ...  >>MORE

du offers promotions to attract customers

Posted on 31/07/2007

du launched two promotions for fixed and mobile customers yesterday in another campaign to woo customers from etisalat - in one case promising savings of up to 44 per cent for international calls. The new UAE telecom is offering a rebate for international calls called 'Freetime', which offers a 1 fils credit for every second of international call time - or Dh1 for every minute and 40 seconds. The six-week promotion ends September 10. For its new 'Call Select' fixed line service, where ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to launch international money remittance over mobile

Posted on 29/07/2007

Etisalat announced that it will soon launch a service that will enable customers to transfer money overseas using their mobile phones. Using this service, customers can send money to various countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines and Egypt. Etisalat is working closely with leading banks, financial institutions and telecom operators in other countries to offer a comprehensive network of partners for the service. Money Transfer Over Mobile will allow Etisalat Customer's - ...  >>MORE

du launches new service

Posted on 27/07/2007

du, the new telecom operator in the UAE today announced the launch of Call Select. The initiative is a smart and economical way to use existing (non-du) landline phones to make national and international calls. The calls dialled with a prefix will get routed through the 'du' network offering immediate savings without changing the existing landline number or phone. Starting 26 July 2007, customers subscribing to Call Select will be able to avail the service by just dialling the prefix 08888 ...  >>MORE

etisalat opens retail outlet at Bin Sougat Centre- Dubai

Posted on 18/07/2007

Etisalat has opened its latest retail outlet at the Bin Sougat Centre in Dubai. Located conveniently on the first floor of the mall, the outlet will be operational from 8am to 10pm Saturday to Thursday, and 4pm to 10pm on Fridays. The outlet is divided into three major zones. The Customer Service Zone is where customers can apply for any etisalat service including prepaid and post-paid mobiles, fixed line telephones, and dial-up and broadband Internet services. Customer queries and feedback ...  >>MORE

etisalat hopes for foreign investment in six months

Posted on 13/07/2007

etisalat, the third-largest Arab telecom firm by market value, hopes foreigners will be allowed to buy its shares in as little as six months, the chairman said. The government of the UAE, the world's sixth-largest oil exporter, owns about 60 per cent of the company. Foreigners are banned from owning its shares by law. "I am hoping for etisalat shares to be open to foreigners within the next six to 12 months," chairman Mohammad Omran said. "We are an international firm and we deal with ...  >>MORE

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UAE, Bahrain top Arab world in internet and mobile phone access


etisalat launches voice SMS


du signs agreement for flight connectivity


Etisalat acquires 15.97% in Indonesian mobile operator Excelcomindo for Dh1.6 Billion


New dial code for mobile number series


UAE set to become Middle East's 'most wired' region


etisalat to invest US$5.5b in African expansion plan


du bags best brand award


Etisalat on top with award of best operator in the Middle East


UAE posts 170% mobile penetration


Etisalat now serves 6.3m mobile users


Etihad reassured on condition on Toulouse injured


Etisalat extends Area Info Display service


du announces Dh412m revenue for the third quarter


etisalat takes over Zanzibar Telecom


Etisalat announces net profits of Dh 5.534 billion in Q3


Etisalat and RIM announce the first fully Arabic BlackBerry device for customers


UAE not to open up telecom sector to foreign firms


Lower telecom tariff likely soon - official


du registers 850,000 subscriptions


Solar power tracker to be unveiled soon


Avaya arms DCD with high-tech emergency response systems


Dubai to get own satellite


etisalat and Virgin form alliance


du strengthens network coverage across UAE


etisalat arm establishes point of presence in Asia


Etisalat launches GSM in Afghanistan


Abu Dhabi Group invests in telecom


etisalat to offer 'triple play' service soon


etisalat hopes to report more than 30% growth in earnings


UAE free zones are still beyond etisalat's reach


Ringing in a safe and green environment


Etisalat launches Mobile Modem


Yahsat satellite deal ushers new era in UAE communications industry


etisalat and du closer to network deal


du announces Dh302 million revenue for second quarter of 2007


du offers promotions to attract customers


Etisalat to launch international money remittance over mobile


du launches new service


etisalat opens retail outlet at Bin Sougat Centre- Dubai


etisalat hopes for foreign investment in six months