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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Etisalat Introduces Fixed Line SMS - RISALA

Posted on 09/07/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has announced an innovative service for fixed line telephone users. Now with a specially-enabled telephone set, both business and individual customers can send and receive short messages between other similar telephones and mobile phones, and even send messages to fax machines and email addresses. This is a step towards the convergence of fixed and mobile telephony services. To be able to send and receive text messages, a Fixed Line SMS ...  >>MORE

Etisalat's network transformation begins

Posted on 02/07/2006

Telcordia yesterday announced that the UAE's Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) is the first to deploy the latest release of Telcordia Network Engineer to drive operational efficiencies and lower total cost of ownership, supporting its goal of aggressively deploying new technologies and services to its customers in the region. This highly sophisticated, award-winning solution is helping Etisalat optimise its fibre network in order to quickly roll-out services, such as IPTV, and ...  >>MORE

TRA acquires 225 digital TV channels at Geneva Confab

Posted on 01/07/2006

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE has acquired rights to 225 digital channels at the recently concluded ITU Regional Radio Communication Conference (RRC) held in Geneva from May 15th - June 16th, 2006. Tariq Abdulkarim Al Awadhi, Director of Spectrum Management, chaired the UAE's delegation attending the conference, which comprised of members from the TRA, Emirates Media, Dubai Media, and Sharjah TV. The month-long conference was aimed at facilitating the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat positive about overseas acquisition drive

Posted on 26/06/2006

Etisalat, the UAE's leading telecom operator, is likely to secure a third licence in Syria soon, while a top official expressed his optimism about securing Egypt's third licence in the coming months. These developments reflect the UAE's prime telecom service provider's major expansion drive that will see the company secure at least half a dozen new licences in Yemen, Mauritania, Russia, Greece, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Mohammad Omran, Etisalat president, told Gulf News his company planned ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to sign three deals for Abu Dhabi smart cities

Posted on 26/06/2006

Three Abu Dhabi mega-project developers will implement "smart home” and "smart city” technologies in their iconic developments, in partnership with Etisalat. Mohammed Khalfan Al Qamzi, the Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat, said the telecom operator is close to signing memoranda of understanding to incorporate digital smart city technology into the construction of Aldar's Al Raha Beach development, Sorouh's Al Reem Island project and Al Qudra's Danet Abu Dhabi – among the capital's flagship ...  >>MORE

Etisalat among four bidders shortlisted for Armentel sale

Posted on 24/06/2006

Athens: Greek telecoms provider OTE said yesterday it shortlisted four bidders, among them an Etisalat-led consortium, for the sale of its 90 per cent stake in Armenian telecoms firm Armentel. Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) and Vimpelcom, Russia's largest and second-largest mobile phone providers respectively, were invited to take part in the next phase of the sale, Greece's largest telecoms group said. It did not provide further details. Analysts said a disposal of the Armentel stake makes sense ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to bid for stake in Algerie Telecom

Posted on 19/06/2006

Dubai-based Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat) plans to take part in the partial privatisation of Algerie Telecom to expand its presence in North Africa, Algerian state news agency APS said. Algeria's minister for postal services, IT and communications, Boudjemaa Haichour, received a team from the UAE company on Saturday. The team "expressed their willingness to participate concretely on the occasion of the opening of capital of Algerie Telecom", APS cited the ministry as saying in ...  >>MORE

Etisalat bags ITP Network ME Innovations Award 2006

Posted on 17/06/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation- Etisalat- has won the award for the 'Best Network in the Telecommunications Sector', a part of the Innovation Awards 2006 by ITP's Network ME magazine. The contenders for the award included leading telecom operators of the region. Etisalat won because of its commitment to provide most state-of-the-art telecom services and solutions, such as 3G, High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA), Next Generation Networks (NGN), Quad-play, as well as the many other ...  >>MORE

Etisalat awaits TRA nod for VoIP

Posted on 13/06/2006

Etisalat, the UAE's first telecom operator, yesterday said it is ready to introduce the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, but it would wait for TRA approval. "We are ready and have all the facilities ready to introduce the VoIP service to consumers," Abdullah Hashim, Assistant General Manager of eCompany, a business unit of Etisalat, told Gulf News yesterday. "TRA has not yet permitted the VoIP service. Etisalat will wait for the official approval from TRA." He said Etisalat will ...  >>MORE

Etisalat ranked 278 in top global 500

Posted on 13/06/2006

Etisalat, the UAE's telecom operator, has ranked 278 this year with a market value of US$25.32 billion, among the world's top 500 companies listed by the Financial Times. Although its ranking declined from last year's 138, it still features above European steelmaker Arcelor which ranked 280, as well as India's Reliance Industries and Japan's Mitsui. Its one-year-old Saudi subsidiary Etihad Etisalat or Mobily ranked 430 with US$16.37 billion in the global ranking released on Saturday. The ...  >>MORE

Etisalat increases internet bandwidth to meet demand

Posted on 11/06/2006

Etisalat on Saturday announced a significant increase in the internet bandwidth it offers in the UAE with an additional link. The increased capacity of 7.5 Gbps (Gigabits per second) is the highest bandwidth offered by any provider in the region. The expansion in capacity has been done with an aim to accommodate the growth in internet usage in the UAE, the company said. According to Abdullah Hashim, Assistant General Manager of eCompany, Etisalat's internet arm, "The demand for increased ...  >>MORE

TRA to facilitate UAE's move from analog to digital communication

Posted on 08/06/2006

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in the UAE is representing the country at the ITU Regional Radio communication Conference (RRC) being held in Geneva from May 15th to June 16th, 2006, with the aim of facilitating the introduction of digital broadcasting technologies in the country. Tariq Abdulkarim Al-Awadhi, Director of Spectrum Management chairs a UAE team comprising members from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Emirates Media, Dubai Media and Sharjah TV. ...  >>MORE

Etisalat dials up banks to finance its global growth

Posted on 05/06/2006

Etisalat said it has agreed on a US$3billion (Dh11.1bn) revolving line of credit with four leading banks to finance international expansion plans. "To meet its international expansion plans… Etisalat has mandated four banks – Barclays Bank, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, and HSBC Bank – to arrange a US$3bn [Dh11.1bn] revolving line of credit for a period of one year, with a one-year extension option at the decision of Etisalat,” the firm said in a statement. The revolving line of credit – a ...  >>MORE

Etisalat unveils internet anti-dialler software

Posted on 04/06/2006

Etisalat on Saturday announced the availability of a new software that alerts internet users against internet dialler scams. In order to download the new Anti Dialler software called Etisalat Modem Protector, which is available for free, customers can visit http://www.etisalat.ae and login to 'manage my internet account' where they will find the modem protector under the 'downloads' section. Once downloaded and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and du 'yet to submit deal documents'

Posted on 04/06/2006

The UAE's two telecom operators, Etisalat and du, have so far failed to resolve their differences and a delay in signing an agreement on interconnection charges could further extend the monopoly of Etisalat and delay the commercial launch of du. "No agreement has been reached between the two operators with regard to Interconnection Agreement," the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said in a statement yesterday. "The TRA confirms that no documents from the operators were ...  >>MORE

Etisalat in talks with four foreign banks for US$3b loan

Posted on 03/06/2006

London - Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat) has mandated four banks to arrange a US$3 billion syndicated loan, which will be used for general corporate purposes, banking sources said yesterday. The 364-day revolving credit, which is the borrower's first syndicated loan, includes a one-year extension option. The deal pays a margin of 22.5 basis points over Libor for the first year, rising to 25 bps in the second year. Barclays is co-ordinating the loan, and is joint book runner ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and du reach agreement on tariffs and technical issues

Posted on 01/06/2006

Etisalat and du, the UAE's two national telecom operators, have reached an agreement after a long negotiation, a top Etisalat official said yesterday. Etisalat's Chief Executive Mohammad Al Qemzi told Gulf News that the two companies agreed on all technical and commercial items up for negotiation, including tariffs and the service charges between the two companies. "We finished all the details and gave the documents to the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority [TRA] for review. They will ...  >>MORE

Du moves into global satellite radio sector

Posted on 01/06/2006

Du, the UAE's second telecom operator, will break into the global media and entertainment world by offering satellite radio services. WorldSpace Satellite Radio, a satellite-based digital radio services, said yesterday that it signed an agreement with Samacom, the business division of du, to commission a new satellite uplink facility station in Dubai. The new facility will allow Worldspace to enhance its satellite radio content delivery and enable live programming from Dubai. Worldspace ...  >>MORE

Etisalat unveils new customer-centric strategy and brand identity

Posted on 27/05/2006

UAE telecom operator Etisalat has launched a new customer-centric identity. The launch signals the first major overhaul in its 30-year history, and the new corporate image will position Emirates Telecommunications Corporation - Etisalat - as the new global player in the telecom industry. The new identity was unveiled at a glittering event in Dubai on Tuesday evening, which was attended by senior dignitaries and government officials, business leaders and media representatives. The unveiling ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to operate GSM network in Afghanistan

Posted on 24/05/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Etisalat, has signed an agreement with authorities in Afghanistan to operate a GSM network. The agreement was signed yesterday by Amirzai Sangin, Afghani Minister of Communication, and Mohammad Hassan Omran, Chairman of Etisalat, at the Emirates Palace Hotel. Etisalat will pay US$40.1 million for the licence to operate a GSM network in Afghanistan, and the company is expected to commence operations in early 2007. The licence is valid for 15 years and is ...  >>MORE

Etisalat's new logo shows 'openness and reliability'

Posted on 24/05/2006

UAE telecom operator Etisalat has launched a new customer-centric identity. The launch signals the first major overhaul in its 30-year history, and the new corporate image will position Etisalat as the new global player in the telecom industry. In its 30th year of operations, Etisalat, which enjoyed a monopoly, has made the UAE one of the most wired nations in the region, with over 4.7 million subscribers, touching a 100 per cent mark, a first in the region. Around 41.5 per cent of the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat extends GSM service credit limit

Posted on 24/05/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation - Etisalat - has announced the increase of the credit limit allowed for its GSM customers from the present limit of Dh200 to Dh500 with immediate effect. Customers will be enjoying more flexibility when paying their bills and need not worry about their service being interrupted due to non-payment if this bill is less than Dh500. Furthermore, the corporation has announced the transformation from the present pulse based billing system to Time Based ...  >>MORE

du to start services in Q4 2006

Posted on 24/05/2006

The UAE's second telecom operator du will start services in the last quarter of 2006, according to Osman Sultan, the company's Chief Executive Officer. du is also looking to launch VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) or internet telephony services, but is waiting to see what the regulator is planning, said Sultan. Yesterday, an unidentified Etisalat official was quoted as saying that the operator will consider introducing VoIP, subject to approval from the Telecom Regulatory Authority ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT may launch internet telephony

Posted on 23/05/2006

ETISALAT, which has curbed the use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, is likely to reverse its stand as the telecom sector liberalises. This will drastically reduce communication costs, as most middle-class consumers in the UAE suffer from high telephone bills. The company has commissioned a study on VoIP, an ETISALAT official, who requested anonymity, told Gulf News yesterday. It could materialise before the end of the year, after approval from the Telecommunications Regulatory ...  >>MORE

du bags Cisco's global 'Innovation' award

Posted on 22/05/2006

Cisco Systems has awarded du its 2005 'Innovation Award' at the Cisco Partner Summit 2006 held in San Diego earlier this year. During his visit to the Middle East, John Chambers, President and CEO of Cisco Systems handed the award to Ahmed bin Byat, Chairman of du. "This honour emphasizes the important role du's relationship with Cisco plays in delivering the next-generation products and services our customers require," commented bin Byat. "Moving forward, we will continue to build upon ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT seals fourth Afghan GSM licence

Posted on 22/05/2006

The Afghanistan Government has awarded ETISALAT a licence to operate the country's fourth GSM network, according to a statement from the Afghanistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi. The contract will be signed off by Hamid Karzai, President of Afghanistan, during his two-day visit to the UAE, which will start today. Abdul Faird Zikria, Afghan Ambassador to the UAE, said: "Further strengthening the affinity between Afghanistan and the brotherly country of the UAE is our goal and desire.” "The UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE forms board for ICT fund

Posted on 21/05/2006

The UAE's telecommunications regulator had set up on Saturday a board of trustees to govern a fund aimed at developing the country's information and communication technology (ICT) sector. Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said in a statement that Ahmed Hameed Al Mazroui, a managing director of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, was appointed chairman of the nine-member board of ICT Development Fund. The other members of the team are Director General of the TRA in UAE ...  >>MORE

GCC ministers propose uniform roaming pricing

Posted on 20/05/2006

A pan-GCC ministerial committee has recommended that member states create and follow uniform pricing for roaming mobile services and interconnection pricing among telecom operators, starting from this year, the panel announced yesterday. GCC countries have agreed to co-ordinate efforts in the telecommunications sector, and are likely to create standardised procedures for the approval of wireless and wired equipment, the GCC Ministerial Committee for Post, Telecom and IT said. The GCC ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT and RIM launch BlackBerry services in UAE

Posted on 16/05/2006

ETISALAT, the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, and Research In Motion (RIM), a leading player in wireless innovation, yesterday announced the launch of BlackBerry in the UAE. ETISALAT is the first service provider to introduce the BlackBerry wireless platform in the Middle East. Targeted purely at businesses at the moment, ETISALAT will be extending the service to consumers and small and medium firms in the future. "About 10 corporates have already been signed on by us and the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT's eCompany opens third data solutions shop

Posted on 15/05/2006

ETISALAT eCompany launched its third one-stop e-powerhouse 'Business Unit' to provide internet services and total ICT solutions, on Sunday. This is the second one in Dubai. In addition to this, the company also has one in Abu Dhabi. ETISALAT has seen a 200 per cent growth in business over the last two years from its data centres. The eHosting customer base of ETISALAT has multinationals, government bodies as well as local companies in key sectors like insurance, retail, manufacturing, ...  >>MORE

UAE, Korea ink MoU on ICT

Posted on 14/05/2006

UAE Ministry of Government Sector Development and South Korean Ministry of Information and Communications signed yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for boosting operation in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). It was inked by UAE Minister of Government Sector Development Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri and Korean Minister of Information and Communication Rho Jun-Hyong. The conclusion of the MoU underlines the necessity of mutual co-operation for the ...  >>MORE

Telecom to be liberalised by 2015

Posted on 14/05/2006

UAE's dynamic telecommunications sector would be liberalised by 2015, the Telecommunication Supreme Committee, the entity empowered by government to oversee the telecommunication sector said on Saturday. The move comes as the UAE, seeks to regularise the telecommunications market in line with World Trade Organisation (WTO) recommendations, and draw a framework for bilateral free trade agreements with the USA and Australia. Minister of Governmental Sector Development and Chairman of the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT inks collaboration agreement with SAVVIS

Posted on 13/05/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT), the major telecom operator in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and SAVVIS, a leading global provider of managed and outsourced IT services, have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, SAVVIS will provide IP VPN connectivity within the UAE to its global customer base. Likewise, ETISALAT will serve its growing international blue-chip customer base within the UAE with advanced networking services in Europe, ...  >>MORE

TRA signs license with ETISALAT

Posted on 10/05/2006

The UAE Supreme Committee for the Supervision of the Telecommunications Sector has given green light for UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) to sign a full service license with Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT), a step that aims to the restructuring of the telecommunications sector as per the Telecom Law. ETISALAT will continue to offer a full range of telecommunications services. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of the Government Sector Development and ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT announces results for Q1 2006

Posted on 22/04/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) has announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2006. Net profits increased to Dh1.337 billion, a rise of 31 per cent over the same period last year, and operating profits increased to Dh1.216 billion. Mohammed Al Qamzi, CEO of ETISALAT, said: "The performance of the Corporation in the first quarter of 2006 brings us even closer to our ambition of being among the top 10 telecom operators in the world. The increase in uptake of ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT introduces another option for prepaid customers to recharge

Posted on 19/04/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation- ETISALAT- has announced the latest option available to customers to get recharge credit for their 'Wasel' accounts or access other prepaid services from ETISALAT. ETISALAT Electronic Vouchers, or eVouchers, are being made available at retail outlets across the UAE, and soon even neighbourhood grocery stores will be equipped with special electronic units to dispense the eVouchers. This service will be available alongside all other recharge methods. ...  >>MORE

du will offer switch from ETISALAT with same number

Posted on 19/04/2006

du, the UAE's second national telecommunications operator, will soon offer a switch from ETISALAT with the same number, but the code will change from 050 to 055. du officials told Gulf News that the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) will approve the move to be valid in the second half of this year. "The TRA will put conditions to switch from ETISALAT to du with the same number. But you must own ETISALAT's SIM card and number to switch to du," a source said. du will list on the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT takes over PTCL

Posted on 15/04/2006

Islamabad - ETISALAT has formally taken over the charge of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited. Under the final deal signed here yesterday, ETISALAT also acquired 26% of the Pakistani Government's stake in PTCL. The deal was signed by Abdul Raheem Nuryani, ETISALAT's Deputy Board Chairman, and Farah Abdul Qayoum, Under-Secretary of Pakistani Ministries of Privatisation and Investments, and IT. The new board of directors, comprising five members from ETISALAT and seven from the government ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT enters Afghan market

Posted on 11/04/2006

ETISALAT, the UAE's main telecom firm, has reached an agreement with Afghanistan to provide mobile phone services in the war-torn country. Mohammad Hassan Omran, ETISALAT chairman, said talks were under way with the government in Kabul to start fixed phone services. The deal is part of a plan to become one of the top 10 global telecom operators in five years by entering Afghanistan, India, Africa and Europe, he said. ETISALAT is also eyeing African markets such as Libya and Algeria, he said. ...  >>MORE

15,000 apply for Du jobs

Posted on 11/04/2006

It sounds more like something out of reality show ‘The Apprentice' or ‘American Idol', but new UAE telecom firm, Du, reckons it's had 15,000 job applications. The company said it had received the huge number of applications over the past few weeks via its web site and now claims it is the "UAE employer of choice”. Du chairman, Ahmad bin Byat, assured would-be employees that every single application would be given consideration. "We value all applications and it is very gratifying that so ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT opens service centre in Khalifa Energy Complex

Posted on 10/04/2006

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) has opened a dedicated customer service centre in the Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex in Abu Dhabi, which will be managed by ETISALAT's Abu Dhabi region. The Energy Complex has more than 3500 executives of ADNOC and other group companies working there daily, and they will now be able to subscribe and unsubscribe from services, pay their telephone, mobile and Internet bills, and conduct a range of transactions with ETISALAT at the dedicated ...  >>MORE

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Etisalat Introduces Fixed Line SMS - RISALA


Etisalat's network transformation begins


TRA acquires 225 digital TV channels at Geneva Confab


Etisalat positive about overseas acquisition drive


Etisalat to sign three deals for Abu Dhabi smart cities


Etisalat among four bidders shortlisted for Armentel sale


Etisalat to bid for stake in Algerie Telecom


Etisalat bags ITP Network ME Innovations Award 2006


Etisalat awaits TRA nod for VoIP


Etisalat ranked 278 in top global 500


Etisalat increases internet bandwidth to meet demand


TRA to facilitate UAE's move from analog to digital communication


Etisalat dials up banks to finance its global growth


Etisalat unveils internet anti-dialler software


Etisalat and du 'yet to submit deal documents'


Etisalat in talks with four foreign banks for US$3b loan


Etisalat and du reach agreement on tariffs and technical issues


Du moves into global satellite radio sector


Etisalat unveils new customer-centric strategy and brand identity


Etisalat to operate GSM network in Afghanistan


Etisalat's new logo shows 'openness and reliability'


Etisalat extends GSM service credit limit


du to start services in Q4 2006


ETISALAT may launch internet telephony


du bags Cisco's global 'Innovation' award


ETISALAT seals fourth Afghan GSM licence


UAE forms board for ICT fund


GCC ministers propose uniform roaming pricing


ETISALAT and RIM launch BlackBerry services in UAE


ETISALAT's eCompany opens third data solutions shop


UAE, Korea ink MoU on ICT


Telecom to be liberalised by 2015


ETISALAT inks collaboration agreement with SAVVIS


TRA signs license with ETISALAT


ETISALAT announces results for Q1 2006


ETISALAT introduces another option for prepaid customers to recharge


du will offer switch from ETISALAT with same number


ETISALAT takes over PTCL


ETISALAT enters Afghan market


15,000 apply for Du jobs


ETISALAT opens service centre in Khalifa Energy Complex