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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

du SIM cards hit groceries

Posted on 02/03/2007

EmiratesIntegrated Telecommunication Company (du), the second telecommunication provider of the UAE, has taken action to set right its failure to provide connections to many of its customers, even as du SIM cards hit grocery shops on Thursday. The action comes in the wake of The Gulf Today report on Thursday which, quoted a distraught du customer, who was waiting helplessly for connection even after four days of installation of the SIM card. The du customer, Ateeq-ur-Rehman Khan ...  >>MORE

etisalat dividend is set at 35% of share par value

Posted on 27/02/2007

The etisalat board yesterday approved dividends at 35 per cent of the share par value during the second half of 2006, according to a statement. etisalat, the UAE's largest telecom service provider, had earlier distributed dividends at 25 per cent for the first half of 2006, taking the total dividends for 2006 to 60 per cent. The board also put forward a proposal to distribute bonus shares at the rate of one share for every 10 held by the investor. The company yesterday held its board ...  >>MORE

du keen on even more outsourcing services deals

Posted on 27/02/2007

New UAE telecommunications provider du announced plans to offer outsourcing services for other telecom operators worldwide yesterday. CEO Osman Sultan told delegates at an industry conference in Dubai that du has partnered with Interoute, a European tele-communications networking firm, and hopes to transfer and relay voice and data traffic for other operators through its switching facilities. "We intend to be the partner of choice as the telecommunications hub in the region, and a gateway ...  >>MORE

du names 10 distributors to roll out services

Posted on 26/02/2007

du, the UAE's second telecom operator, yesterday announced 10 distributors nationwide to roll out its services. More than 90 outlets of Axiom, Alltronix, Emirates Computers, Eros, Fono, Jacky's, Jumbo, One Mobile, Plug-Ins, RadioShack and Telefonika will offer du SIM cards on both pay as you go (pre-paid) and monthly plan (post-paid) packages, as well as du recharge cards. du pay as you go is also available at more than 1,000 outlets across the UAE - Emarat, Enoc and Eppco petrol stations ...  >>MORE

etisalat launches mobile TV service

Posted on 25/02/2007

etisalat jumped into the mobile TV fray yesterday, launching news, sports and entertainment channels for mobile subscribers just weeks after rival du did the same. etisalat is offering one package of 10 channels to customers equipped with third-generation (3G) handsets for Dh39 per month. In contrast, du is offering four separate packages featuring five to seven channels apiece, with a price tag of Dh80 per month. Walaa Hazem, an analyst at Al Futtaim HC Securities in Cairo, sees lower ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Rashid launches du operations

Posted on 20/02/2007

H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai has officially launched operations of the new telecommunications operator Du. Sheikh Mohammed used du's GSM lines to call Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of presidential Affairs. Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Mansour exchanged greetings on the start of du's mobile network which offers voice, video and data call services. The official launching was attended by Mohammed Abdullah Al ...  >>MORE

du records net pre-operating costs of Dh280.3m

Posted on 16/02/2007

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), the UAE's new telecom provider, announced a net pre-operating cost of Dh280.3 million for the quarter ending December 31, as well as full 2006 financial results. Total net pre-operating costs for the period from December 28, 2005 to December 31, 2006 were Dh608.9 million. The du board of directors has approved the financial results for the period 28 December 28, 2005, to Dec-ember 31, 2006. "du is breathing new life into the UAE ...  >>MORE

du offers online payment facility

Posted on 14/02/2007

Customers who have already booked a du number can pay online for their number and line as well as du's pre-paid and post-paid packages, through http://www.du.ae. This facility comes as part of the final phase of du's number booking campaign. Individual and small enterprise customers opting for the online payment option will get free delivery of du SIM cards by courier. However, large enterprise customers will be contacted ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces availability of BlackBerry Pearl and launch of BlackBerry Internet Service

Posted on 13/02/2007

Etisalat yesterday announced that the BlackBerry Pearl, which is the latest Blackberry device, will be exclusively available at 15 Etisalat Business Centres located around the UAE. The company also announced the launch of BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) for individual customers. BlackBerry Pearl is one of the world's smallest smart phones. It has a sleek and stylish design and comes complete with digital camera with built-in flash and 5x digital zoom, multimedia capabilities and 64 MB ...  >>MORE

du finally launches services today

Posted on 11/02/2007

du launches its mobile services today, marking a year since it received the UAE's second licence to bring competition into the telecommunications sector for the first time in three decades. Customers who reserved mobile numbers during du's number booking in December and January are now able to make payment through du's website and have their SIM cards delivered by courier free of charge. The entire process is expected to take weeks, as courier services are only able to delivery several ...  >>MORE

etisalat unveils new Friends-and-Family offer

Posted on 07/02/2007

Following the unbounded success of its Favourite Number promotion, etisalat has announced the imminent launch of a package for discounted international calling. The new Global Friend & Family package, which will be launched soon, will enable all etisalat fixed line and mobile customers to select three international numbers, and they will be able to call these numbers at a 20 per cent discount at any time. This discount will be applicable on call costs at both peak and off-peak rates. A ...  >>MORE

du finally throws down the gauntlet in UAE telecoms war

Posted on 07/02/2007

New UAE telecom operator du finally lifted the lid on its mobile phone packages and tariffs in Dubai, yesterday. Click here for comparison between du and etisalat (pdf) Among its four core prepaid and monthly services, two are aimed specifically at the business world. Further products will be launched in the second half of the year, say du officials. du CEO Osman Sultan says the 0.5 fils per second rate for calls to mobiles and landlines is the main feature separating it from rival ...  >>MORE

UAE calls for more telecom investment

Posted on 06/02/2007

A top UAE official tasked with developing the economy urged investors to diversify the UAE economy by financing the development of the telecommunications industry yesterday. "We seek to invest in new developing sectors in the UAE, such as telecommunication and information technology acknowledging the imperative role these sectors play in the country's social educational and economic development," said Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, UAE Minister for Development of Government Sector. Al ...  >>MORE

du's full-year operating costs hit Dh608.5m

Posted on 01/02/2007

Telecoms newcomer du yesterday reported net pre-operating costs for the period December 2005 to December 2006 hit Dh608.5 million, a statement said. The company, yet to launch commercial services, released its non-audited financial results in line with the requirements of the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority directive. "These results showed a net pre-operating cost of Dh279.9 million for the quarter to December 2006. It is expected that the final results will be released in mid ...  >>MORE

etisalat's 2006 net profit rises 27% to Dh5.86b

Posted on 30/01/2007

etisalat recorded a 27 per cent rise in net profit to Dh5.86 billion in 2006 - its last year of monopoly, compared to Dh4.25 billion in 2005, a company statement said yesterday. The UAE's second telecom operator du, which has received 750,000 applications for half a million Sim cards, will launch commercial operations in a few weeks' time. Analysts say it could reduce etisalat's profitability by a considerable extent. Mohammad Al Qemzi, etisalat's chief executive, told Gulf News, "We will ...  >>MORE

du SIM available at launch

Posted on 30/01/2007

The thousands of customers who have booked mobile phone numbers with du, can go online to order the delivery of their SIM cards as of February 11, said the company's top official. Du CEO Osman Sultan also announced that when the firm's service launches on February 12, its network will provide 85 per cent coverage across the UAE. Failure to reach agreement to install aerials on some etisalat masts led to the initial restricted service, said Sultan. However, this has not delayed the launch ...  >>MORE

du set to unveil products and prices

Posted on 24/01/2007

New UAE telecom operator du will finally unveil to the public its products and prices on February 8 before launching its mobile service later in the month, its CEO said yesterday. Chief executive Osman Sultan said the telecom would then allow the public to go online on February 11 to purchase the mobile numbers they have reserved. du recently completed a numbers booking campaign that brought in some 750,000 reservations from consumers and businesses, even though the operator has been delayed ...  >>MORE

etisalat Egypt likely to launch cellular service in February

Posted on 22/01/2007

etisalat Egypt plans to launch mobile services in the Egyptian market by the end of February, according to news reports. The Netherlands-based Telecom Paper quoted the Egyptian ministry of communications as saying the new entrant would offer 2G and 3G services by the end of next month. It also said etisalat Egypt would operate under the 011 prefix to both pre-paid and post-paid users. The company, which was created in July after etisalat offered 16.7 billion Egyptian pounds for Egypt's ...  >>MORE

etisalat launches credit-share service

Posted on 18/01/2007

etisalat has allowed its Wasel subscribers to transfer credit from their mobile accounts to any Wasel customers. Without extra cost, etisalat's customers can dial *100*050xxxxxxx*amount# to transfer the amount to their friend's accounts. A confirmation SMS will be sent to the donor account with the credit transfer information. The receiving customer will also get a short message about receiving credit. etisalat said yesterday in a statement that its users can now transfer credit to whoever ...  >>MORE

etisalat to hand over .ae domain

Posted on 14/01/2007

etisalat will hand over control of the .ae domain name to the government in the second quarter of this year, according to the nation's telecom regulator. In a long-expected move, the two-year old Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is preparing to assume control of the nation's websites that are managed by the telecom operator, many which predate the TRA's founding. By ceding control of its web registry business, etisalat will potentially lose out on millions in revenues in ...  >>MORE

Campaign ends with over 750,000 du mobile numbers booked by customers

Posted on 11/01/2007

Over 750,000 du mobile numbers have been booked by close to 500,000 business and individual customers, as the UAE's new national telecommunications operator's nationwide '055-my number' campaign came to a close yesterday. Osman Sultan, CEO of du said: "The number booking campaign was all about giving customers the power of choice, while providing them with the flexibility of moving to a new telecom provider with ease and convenience. The campaign provided us with clear indicators on the ...  >>MORE

Almost 500,000 subscribers say 'I du'

Posted on 09/01/2007

UAE telecoms new boy du has received more than 450,000 requests from subscribers so far, a company official said on Monday. Osman Sultan, du's Chief Executive, told Gulf News that number could reach 500,000 when the subscription campaign ends tomorrow. "The booked numbers could reach the 500,000 mark as we expect in the beginning of 'book a number' campaign on last November," said Sultan. The UAE's saturated telecom market has more than 5 million subscribers for a population of 4.1 million, ...  >>MORE

du will offer mobile service to areas beyond its reach

Posted on 02/01/2007

When du launches its mobile service it will cover 85 per cent of the country although customers will not pay roaming charges to make calls in the remaining areas, its CEO said. du CEO Osman Sultan told Gulf News last week that the country's new telecom operator is busily expanding its network but that there are many outlying desert or rural areas where it is not feasible to establish immediate coverage. "There will be some remote areas where coverage isn't necessary to have, and we will use ...  >>MORE

Etisalat extends multimedia messaging across the region

Posted on 02/01/2007

Etisalat announced the extension of its multimedia messaging (MMS) reach to 11 countries in the region to enable customers to stay in close contact and share happy moments with family and friends abroad during celebrations. The extension of MMS reach comes at a time when people send greetings to each other. Multimedia Messaging Service, otherwise known as MMS, enables etisalat's customers to exchange pictures, videos, and music through their mobile phone, in a process as simple as SMS. ...  >>MORE

du and etisalat sign interconnection agreement

Posted on 27/12/2006

du, the UAE's new national telecom operator, yesterday signed the Interconnection Agreement with etisalat. The signing ceremony, held at the offices of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Abu Dhabi, was attended by His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansour, Minister of Governmental Sector Development. By the agreement, the two operators - du and etisalat- confirm their networks can exchange calls and obtain mutual telecom services. The agreement followed a year of ...  >>MORE

du to offer fixed-line service next year

Posted on 27/12/2006

du will offer landline phone services across the UAE next year following the signing of an infrastructure agreement with etisalat, its Chief Executive Officer Osman Sultan said yesterday. du currently provides fixed-line, internet and payTV services in some of Dubai's free zones and this will be extended to the rest of the country next year. "The interconnection agreement has a significant outcome that will allow du to offer fixed-line calling services across the UAE in a phased manner ...  >>MORE

Etisalat, du sign an interconnection agreement

Posted on 25/12/2006

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is announcing that Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (etisalat) new integrated telecommunications service provider (du) have reached an agreement on interconnection. The agreement was reached after intensive negotiations between both parties. The TRA would like to congratulate "etisalat" and "du" for this significant achievement. Interconnection agreements are always complex and involve difficult and sensitive issues for the parties to ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches new 3 Mb, 4 Mb BusinessOne broadband package for SMEs

Posted on 25/12/2006

Etisalat yesterday launched a new 3 Mb and 4 Mb package for its BusinessOne Broadband service thereby providing a faster and completely integrated high speed Internet Access solution for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) customers in the UAE . The move is aimed at giving SMEs an added advantage in terms of competitiveness in comparison to large enterprises. The two new packages bring the total number of BusinessOne packages being offered to six starting from the 512k single user ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to offer low rates with upgraded networks

Posted on 24/12/2006

The UAE's telecom services provider Etisalat is going into the new year with plans for a major upgrade to its networks that could see lower prices for customers as early as mid-2007. Etisalat, the Middle East's sixth largest company according to market capitalisation, will begin delivering phone, TV and Internet service to homes through a single fibre optic cable commonly called convergence. During Gitex, Etisalat chief executive officer Mohammad Al Qemzi said that the new delivery system ...  >>MORE

Battle for UAE mobile phone users begins to charge up

Posted on 08/12/2006

A price skirmish is emerging in the UAE telecoms market after both operators issued surprising and sophisticated pricing schemes recently. On Saturday, etisalat announced it planned to charge customers for calls by the second, rather than for 30-second increments. This follows an announcement by du that it will do the same. Also, etisalat last month announced it would reduce charges for international calls for business clients by up to 35 per cent. These developments reveal more ...  >>MORE

Etisalat logo grabs prestigious design award

Posted on 30/11/2006

Etisalat, yesterday announced that its brand logo, unveiled last May, has been awarded the Design Week Benchmarks Award, as the best brand in the telecommunications category. The prestigious award aims at setting standards in the recognition of excellence in brand communications, and it differs significantly from traditional awards schemes, both in scope and in spirit. The telecommunications category in the coveted awards saw entries from several leading global brands. However, Etisalat has ...  >>MORE

du to get free hand on tariff

Posted on 29/11/2006

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) will not impose any restrictions on du regarding the tariff structure of its telecommunication services, a top company official said yesterday. "We will not set any price framework for communication between the two networks, as such practice is only necessary when we have more than two operators which necessitates streamlining. "Nor will we set any price ceilings at the outset, as the market will be open for competition between the two ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and du to sign final agreement tomorrow

Posted on 29/11/2006

The negotiations between Etisalat and du reached their final stages and the two parties are expected to sign the final agreement tomorrow, according to a top official. "The two parties had a long meeting on the final day of Gitex, where all the pending issues were resolved, with the exception of few details. A meeting is being held today to finalise these issues, and if successful the agreement might be signed by tomorrow, given the authority's approval," Mohammad Nasser Al Ganem, TRA's ...  >>MORE

Etisalat moves to support people with special needs

Posted on 25/11/2006

Thousands of hearing-impaired mobile phone users in the UAE could soon benefit from a range of innovative special needs services being launched by Etisalat. Through its stand at Gulfcomms – part of Gitex 2006 – the company has been showcasing technology solutions aimed at improving mobile communication for customers with hearing difficulties. These include video conferencing, a TeleTypewriter Device (TTD) and Telecommunications Device for Deaf (TDD), fixed SMS services, BlackBerry ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches WebMail

Posted on 13/11/2006

Etisalat yesterday launched a revamped and improved version of the WebMail for Etisalat Internet Mail (EIM) service in order to offer customers a dynamic user experience with advanced functionality and innovative features. The new WebMail with a host of exciting features was developed based on extensive feedback from a large number of customers. The new WebMail offers a variety of new features such as Arabic and English bilingual interface, importing and exporting of address book contacts, ...  >>MORE

UAE stresses economic openness- seeks ITU membership: GSD minister

Posted on 12/11/2006

Antalya, Turkey - The UAE believes in economic openness and its successful growing largely economy depends on openness to the international community, application of the best practices available, learning from experiences of other countries and investments into telecoms and IT and other sectors set to develop and grow, said UAE Minister of Governmental Sector Development Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri. Speaking for the UAE at the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International ...  >>MORE

UAE gives due attention to telecom sector: Mansouri

Posted on 07/11/2006

Antalya - Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Governmental Sector Development attended yesterday the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference which opened here today by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Al Mansouri said the UAE attaches special attention to the telecommunications sector as a major player and contributor to the domestic economy. 'The nomination of the AE to the membership of the ITU board has been a natural result of the advanced ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Wasel subscribers now can log on to iZone WiFi hotspots

Posted on 06/11/2006

Etisalat yesterday announced that its Wasel subscribers can enjoy access to wireless Internet by getting their charges debited directly from their available credit at iZone WiFi hotpots across the country. This convenient payment option for accessing WiFi hotspots while on the move in the UAE will be a great asset to the ever growing number of Wasel subscribers in the UAE. Wasel subscribers can now enjoy the benefits of more than 300 iZone WiFi hotspots across airports, cafes, malls, clubs, ...  >>MORE

Internet telephony to be opened next month

Posted on 02/11/2006

The UAE is to lift a ban on internet telephony or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) from December, according to the latest announcement by government officials. Gulf News earlier reported that the VoIP might be allowed later this year. Reuters Arabic and Al Bayan this week quoted officials from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority as saying that the ban would be lifted to allow the two licensed telecom operators, du and Etisalat, to use the technology. The news follows earlier ...  >>MORE

Etisalat part of US$400m telecom project linking India with Europe

Posted on 01/11/2006

Etisalat has entered into a US$400 million joint venture with four other telecom operators linking the Middle East, India and Western Europe with high-capacity undersea cables. The new alliance will enable the UAE telecoms giant to serve the growing traffic in corporate data communications between the UAE and India and provide added bandwidth for internet and telecommunications. Videsh Sanchar Nigam (VSNL), India's largest provider of international telecom services, and Etisalat, Saudi ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces 50% of network to be NGN by end 2007

Posted on 31/10/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has announced that its migration to the Next Generation Network (NGN) has commenced, with 10 per cent of the network NGN-ready by the end of 2006. The Corporation is on track to migrate 50 per cent of the network by the end of 2007, and 90 per cent by end 2009. This migration will see one complete network that can provide customers with voice, data and entertainment through a single source, allowing for more convenience and comfort. These ...  >>MORE

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du SIM cards hit groceries


etisalat dividend is set at 35% of share par value


du keen on even more outsourcing services deals


du names 10 distributors to roll out services


etisalat launches mobile TV service


Mohammed bin Rashid launches du operations


du records net pre-operating costs of Dh280.3m


du offers online payment facility


Etisalat announces availability of BlackBerry Pearl and launch of BlackBerry Internet Service


du finally launches services today


etisalat unveils new Friends-and-Family offer


du finally throws down the gauntlet in UAE telecoms war


UAE calls for more telecom investment


du's full-year operating costs hit Dh608.5m


etisalat's 2006 net profit rises 27% to Dh5.86b


du SIM available at launch


du set to unveil products and prices


etisalat Egypt likely to launch cellular service in February


etisalat launches credit-share service


etisalat to hand over .ae domain


Campaign ends with over 750,000 du mobile numbers booked by customers


Almost 500,000 subscribers say 'I du'


du will offer mobile service to areas beyond its reach


Etisalat extends multimedia messaging across the region


du and etisalat sign interconnection agreement


du to offer fixed-line service next year


Etisalat, du sign an interconnection agreement


Etisalat launches new 3 Mb, 4 Mb BusinessOne broadband package for SMEs


Etisalat to offer low rates with upgraded networks


Battle for UAE mobile phone users begins to charge up


Etisalat logo grabs prestigious design award


du to get free hand on tariff


Etisalat and du to sign final agreement tomorrow


Etisalat moves to support people with special needs


Etisalat launches WebMail


UAE stresses economic openness- seeks ITU membership: GSD minister


UAE gives due attention to telecom sector: Mansouri


Etisalat Wasel subscribers now can log on to iZone WiFi hotspots


Internet telephony to be opened next month


Etisalat part of US$400m telecom project linking India with Europe


Etisalat announces 50% of network to be NGN by end 2007