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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Etisalat says UAE Government to allow foreign share ownership

Posted on 23/06/2015

The UAE Federal government has lifted the restriction on foreign ownership of Etisalat shares, opening up the largest telecoms operator company to foreign investors for the first time, Etisalat announced on Monday. "The federal government decided to lift the restriction of Etisalat stock ownership by local institutions, foreign institutions and expatriate individuals provided that such ownership does not exceed 20 percent," Etisalat said in a statement to Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. ...  >>MORE

TRA: UAE, first nation in the region to implement eCall initiative

Posted on 14/06/2015

The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) announced that it has considered the implementation of the new 'eCall' system. This positions the UAE as the first in the region to implement this initiative, which will automatically enable vehicles to call emergency services for help if involved in traffic accidents. In order to ensure network readiness, TUV Rheinland Middle East, a global leader in independent testing and inspection, examined the mobile networks and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat named Top Telecom Company in Arab World by Forbes Middle East

Posted on 11/06/2015

Etisalat, the leading telecommunications operator in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has been recognised by Forbes Middle East as the number one telecommunication company in the Arab World. The prestigious award was presented at an event attended by VIP guests, including management business leaders and corporate decision makers. It was the third edition of the awards, and Etisalat's win carries on its previous success. At the same time, Forbes Middle East also unveiled its latest rankings ...  >>MORE

Etisalat offers special flat rate of Dh 3/min for outgoing calls while roaming on more than 600 partner networks

Posted on 07/06/2015

Etisalat's new promotion offers mobile prepaid and post-paid customers traveling abroad a simplified and discounted flat rate of Dh3 on any outgoing roaming calls. The limited time offer slashes current roaming outgoing charges by up to 77 percent and allows calling in 188 countries through more than 600 roaming partnerships. Starting today until 15 July 2015, the promotional tariff on roaming outgoing calls will be offered to all Etisalat roaming customers by default. Customer simply need to ...  >>MORE

UAE delegation, headed by TRA, participates at World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva

Posted on 27/05/2015

GENEVA: The United Arab Emirates has participated in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum 2015, which opened yesterday at the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) led the UAE official delegation along with representatives from several government entities including the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Labour, Dubai Courts, Abu Dhabi National Oil ...  >>MORE

Du to introduce cloud-based teaching platform in schools

Posted on 25/05/2015

A new cloud-based teaching and learning platform will allow teachers to engage and connect with every student virtually in class. The smart software, called Cloud Class Flow by du telecommunications, is currently in its pilot phase and is being tested in Dubai International School at two sections of grades six and 10, since February. Acting principal of the school Nafez Al Hayek said the students and teachers have both benefited from the pilot phase, where teachers were able to deliver ...  >>MORE

UAE participates in 150th anniversary celebrations of ITU in Geneva

Posted on 20/05/2015

GENEVA: The UAE has participated in the 150th anniversary celebration of the founding of International Telecommunication Union, ITU, which was held in Geneva. Mohammed Ahmed Al Qamzi, Chairman of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, and Head of the UAE delegation, highlighted the cooperation and joint action between the UAE and the International Telecommunication Union, particularly since its accession to the Union in 1972, in a speech during the ceremony. Al Qamzi added that the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces completion of UAE's first successful VoWiFi

Posted on 20/05/2015

Etisalat, UAE's telecom service provider announced yesterday completion of the UAE's first successful Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) solution. VoWiFi will extend Etisalat's mobile service coverage and will enable Etisalat's customers to make and receive calls using their home WiFi or in public WiFi areas. Advanced technologies deployed to enable VoWiFi will ensure that customers experience a seamless call handover between LTE and Wi-Fi as well as faster call set-up times and better voice quality. ...  >>MORE

TRA reveals results for UAE cellular mobile networks benchmarking survey 2014

Posted on 18/05/2015

The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector, TRA, yesterday revealed the results of the "UAE Cellular Mobile Networks Benchmarking 2014" survey. This step comes in line with the TRA's commitment towards ensuring both quality and variety in telecommunication services throughout the UAE. The TRA conducts this extensive benchmarking survey annually to assess the UAE's mobile networks and services provided by licensees Etisalat and du. The survey is carried out by a highly ...  >>MORE

du deploys evolutionary 4G+ technology in the UAE

Posted on 15/05/2015

du, the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, has begun deployments in supporting LTE Advanced (LTE-A), also known as 4G+, CAT 6 with carrier aggregation across its network. Current CAT 6 supported smartphone owners can now benefit from this advanced technology, according to the company. The introduction of 4G+ will almost double the throughput and speed of broadband services, thus decreasing latency and time to content, which ensures that the end-user will benefit from faster ...  >>MORE

Telecom Italia Sparkle and Etisalat announce collaboration on global media and broadcasting services

Posted on 12/05/2015

Etisalat Carrier and Wholesale Services and Telecom Italia Sparkle announced yesterday their intent to partner to extend video transport services availability across the globe benefitting their customers spread over a wider geographic reach. The partnership will combine the strengths of TI Sparkle's global network focused in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Asia Regions, with Etisalat's leading network and leading position in the UAE, Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) area and the Middle Eastern ...  >>MORE

Etisalat wins Data Centre Project of the Year Award

Posted on 03/05/2015

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation "Etisalat" is proud to announce its recent success at the prestigious Network World Middle East awards in the much coveted "Data Centre project of the Year" category for its flagship Tier III Data Centre which opened in Abu Dhabi. Currently in its sixth year, the Network World Middle East awards held recently in Dubai gathered professionals and leaders from various influential ICT companies and technology solution providers across the region. The awards ...  >>MORE

Etisalat offers free international minutes to call Nepal

Posted on 29/04/2015

As a goodwill gesture due to the huge loss caused by the earthquake, Etisalat, the UAE telecom provider, yesterday announced that they are offering the Nepali community in UAE five free outgoing international minutes to call their family and loved ones in Nepal. "We are deeply saddened by the colossal loss to human lives and property caused by the severe earthquake in Nepal. As a small gesture during this time of crisis, we have decided to offer all our prepaid customers 5 minutes of calls to ...  >>MORE

Free Wi-Fi Smart Palms sprouting in Dubai

Posted on 24/04/2015

Dubai is rolling out dozens of new Smart Palm stations that provide free wireless internet access in parks, beaches and other locations. The UAE-made stations, standing six metres tall in the shape of a palm tree, also have fast mobile phone charging stations and screens displaying information on Dubai's attractions. The first Smart Palm was installed at gate six of Zabeel Park on Wednesday and there are plans to fix over 50 more of them in other parks, beaches and other locations over the ...  >>MORE

DEWA forms partnership with Etisalat to utilise G-PON Fibre service on substations

Posted on 22/04/2015

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has formed a partnership with Etisalat to utilise the Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network (GPON) on the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) backbone fibre network on all its 29,000 substations. The first phase will cover 3,200 substations in 4 zones across Dubai. This supports the Dubai Smart City initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, which aims to ...  >>MORE

Etisalat registers Dh2.2 billion net profit in Q1 2015

Posted on 20/04/2015

Etisalat Group's consolidated net profit after Federal Royalty amounted to Dh 2.2 billion resulting in a net profit margin of 17% and increased year over year by 8%, according to the group's consolidated financial statement for the three months ending 31st March 2015. It added that aggregate subscriber base reached 173 million representing net addition of 28 million subscribers during the last 12 months. The statement said the consolidated revenues for the first quarter amounted to Dh 12.9 ...  >>MORE

du marks another year of creative high-impact sustainability related achievements

Posted on 17/04/2015

du has announced the release of its fourth Annual Sustainability Report as per the directions of the Global Reporting Initiative, GRI, G4. The report contributes to raising the benchmark for such reporting in the region. The standards for creating a more tenable future are reflected in du's four pillars of sustainability: Emiratisation, entrepreneurship, UAE culture and heritage, and the environment. "Our aim is to lead by example in such responsible institutional practices and encourage ...  >>MORE

TRA issues special instructions on facilitating access to telecommunications services for people with disabilities

Posted on 16/04/2015

The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector, TRA, has instructed the nation's licensees to allow people with disabilities easier access to telecommunications services in order to completely benefit from them. This effort also includes ensuring that the principle of equality is applied, making equal opportunities available between various social demographics and segments, hence, permitting the national talent to participate in the growth and development processes currently ...  >>MORE

du becomes the first company in the world to receive Ul Building Indoor Air Quality Certification

Posted on 07/04/2015

UAE's telecommunications service provider ‘du' is now the only company ¬ on a global level ¬ to ever earn the prestigious UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Building Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Certification for its office buildings. These include the du offices in Al Salaam Tower, Dubai Academic City offices in blocks 8 and 9 and Al Barsha Command Centre in Dubai, Abu Dhabi Offices, and Fujairah Call Centre. UL Environment's Building IAQ Certification Program is the world's first comprehensive IAQ ...  >>MORE

Etisalat waives off roaming charges on travellers’ helpline

Posted on 05/04/2015

Etisalat has waived off roaming charges on calls made to its 24x7 Travellers' Help Line for mobile post-paid customers travelling abroad. Etisalat's roaming customers can reach Customer Care Centre by dialling *145*8002300#, upon which they will receive an immediate call back from Etisalat, connecting them with the customer care agent. As the travelling season is fast approaching in the UAE when the schools close for the summer vacation, Etisalat customers can opt for daily, weekly and ...  >>MORE

UAE TRA participates in ITU Radio Regulations Board

Posted on 04/04/2015

GENEVA: The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector (TRA) has represented the UAE at the 68th Radio Regulations Board meeting, a high-level council under the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) umbrella that is composed of 12 members. Nasser Bin Hammad, TRA Senior Manager International Affairs attended the meeting held recently at the ITU headquarters in the Swiss capital, Geneva. Bin Hammad was elected to the Radio Regulations Board during the ITU ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and LG collaborate to bring LG G FLEX2 to the UAE

Posted on 01/04/2015

Hot on the tail of its global unveiling at CES 2015, the LG G Flex2 is rolling out in the UAE on 1st of April 2015, thanks to Etisalat and LG Electronics pairing up to make it available to its customers. The partnership between Etisalat, the UAE's leading telecommunication operator and LG, a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, was announced yesterday at Etisalat's head office in Abu Dhabi. Consumers in the UAE will have the ...  >>MORE

New YahClick Broadband Portfolio comes to market

Posted on 31/03/2015

YahClick, the satellite broadband service of UAE headquartered Yahsat, has announced that its satellite broadband service, YahClick, yesterday launched YahClick Pick and Click, a brand new product portfolio of simpler, faster and affordable broadband service plans for current and new subscribers. YahClick currently offers a wide variety of options to subscribers in the Middle East, Africa, and South West and Central Asia, with broadband packages designed to support every business and consumer ...  >>MORE

TRA launches "Secure your Mobile" initiative across UAE

Posted on 31/03/2015

The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector, TRA, announced yesterday the launch of ‘Secure your Mobile', a first of its kind nationwide initiative to protect mobile phones in the UAE, in collaboration with Etisalat and du. Through this initiative, TRA aims to reduce the number of lost or stolen devices by enabling owners to block their devices across the UAE as soon as they are successfully reported. Any lost or stolen device can now be reported to Etisalat or du and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat stops broadcasting Yemen Channel

Posted on 27/03/2015

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Etisalat, yesterday decided to cease broadcasting "Yemen Channel", which is carried in the e-Life bundle, as it contains inciting programmes, and is an opponent to legitimacy and the international resolutions on Yemen. – Emirates News Agency, WAM ...  >>MORE

Etisalat AGM approves full-year 2014 dividends of 70 fils per share

Posted on 26/03/2015

The shareholders of the Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, Etisalat, at their Annual General Meeting held at the company's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, have backed the board's recommendation to pay full-year 2014 dividends of 70 fils per share and also approved a 10% bonus share. After the release of the Group's 2014 annual results, the board proposed the dividend share, which is a reflection of the strong results achieved during the fiscal year ending 31st December. Etisalat's net profit ...  >>MORE

TRA clarifies VoIP policy in UAE

Posted on 17/03/2015

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has issued a statement clarifying the policy about use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in the UAE. The TRA said yesterday the statement was in response to the news published recently by local newspapers and social networks regarding VoIP services in the UAE. "VoIP services are still a prerogative of the licensed providers who reserve the right to provide such services through their networks. Companies wishing to offer such services must ...  >>MORE

China Unicom selects Etisalat’s Smarthub to expand advanced regional data services

Posted on 16/03/2015

Etisalat and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Operations Limited., a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited., yesterday announced an agreement whereby China Unicom Hong Kong will join Etisalat's SmartHub to expand its regional reach. China Unicom Hong Kong will expand its advanced data network capabilities through Etisalat's Smarthub, to provide advanced high speed data services, including IPLC/IEPL, MPLS-VPN, IP Transit, and one-stop connectivity solutions for carriers and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and Huawei join forces to enable Network2020

Posted on 08/03/2015

Etisalat Group and Huawei yesterday announced plans to jointly develop a framework and architecture for end-to-end network 2020. The companies believe that the year 2020 will require a different telecom networks to address customers needs. Network 2020 is a vision that comprises of a number of technology advancements like virtualisation, software defined networks, ultra high speed networks, cloud and etc. Those will be the building blocks for a completely new network architecture that should ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Becomes the first operator in MENA region to develop a single carrier 400 Gbps technology

Posted on 06/03/2015

Etisalat Group and Huawei have confirmed plans to jointly research and develop a more advanced category of fibre network technology that will help Etisalat to effectively meet rising service demands from consumers and businesses throughout the region. The latest cooperative initiative will focus on the development of Single Carrier 400Gbps technology. This technology will help Etisalat Group to unify its transmission networks and benefit from lower power consumption, as well as simplified ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and Ericsson sign strategic partnership to advance 5G Technology

Posted on 05/03/2015

Etisalat Group and Ericsson have entered a strategic partnership to develop the next generation of mobile technology, 5G, with exchange of knowledge, share pioneering solutions and tap into the potential of the latest technology, which will help deliver the future Networked Society. Last year, Etisalat announced that it was aiming to be the first company in the region to roll out 5G in the coming years and has already demonstrated 115Gbps data transmission rate capability as part of the ...  >>MORE

Emoji app celebrates Emirati culture

Posted on 05/03/2015

A smartphone app with emojis created specifically for the UAE has been launched. Instead of generic smiley faces, hand signals and heart-shaped symbols, Dubai Emoji features famous landmarks, cultural symbols and Arabic phrases. It was created by American expatriate Derrick Branford as a way of "giving back to Dubai”. "Most of the locals I spoke to wanted Arab hand gestures, the anti-evil eye and the sports teams, and CrossFit emoji, as that's what's popular here,” said Mr Branford. "The ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Information Services launches connect.ae

Posted on 04/03/2015

Etisalat Information Services, the UAE's market leader in multiplatform information services and a subsidiary of Emirates Telecommunications Corporation-Etisalat, yesterday announced the launch of "connect.ae", the UAE's first of its kind fully-digital, and multiplatform search service. The launch marks an agreement between eIS and Eniro Global, the leading Nordic search company in the media industry, with operations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Poland. The service will initially ...  >>MORE

Etisalat validates real world value of a virtualised mobile infrastructure; first in the region to conduct live testing

Posted on 04/03/2015

BARCELONA: Etisalat on Monday announced that it has successfully completed the region's first "real-world" validation of a proposed network virtualisation solution of its mobile network. Etisalat made the announcement on the sideline of the Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona. Network Virtualisation leverages concepts proven in cloud computing and comprises the operation of network functions on a multi-purpose server using virtualisation technologies. It will allow Etisalat to offer ...  >>MORE

Universal broadband is a real target to achieve through public-private partnerships, says Etisalat Group CEO

Posted on 03/03/2015

BARCELONA: Universal broadband is a real target that can be achieved through public private partnerships to promote greater digital, social and financial inclusion in the developing world, observed Ahmad Julfar, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group. He was addressing an audience of some of the world's leading figures in telecommunications at Mobile World Summit (MWS), the premier event of the ongoing 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Julfar also holds the position of Vice Chair of ...  >>MORE

LTE-Advanced is a reality as du announces the introduction of the technology on its live network

Posted on 02/03/2015

Marking yet another first, du announced the successful introduction of the first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) live network in the UAE, making it the very first telco with CAT-6 ready LTE network in the UAE. This reiterates the UAE's global standing as a frontrunner intelecomand marks an important step closer to 5G technology. The launch of the LTE-A Carrier Aggregation capability would allow du to offer its customers unsurpassed mobile broadband speeds up to 225Mbps - therefore marking a clear ...  >>MORE

TRA reveals data for Q4 2014

Posted on 02/03/2015

The General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunications Sector, TRA, has revealed statistics for the fourth quarter of 2014 on the nation's most popular mobile phone handsets, social networking platforms and applications websites. Investigating the current state of the market, the report reveals the market share of mobile phones in the UAE by manufacturer and model. According to the report, during the period between 1st August 2014 and 31st December 2014, 61% of handsets registered on UAE ...  >>MORE

Etisalat records landmark year in 2014 with 26 percent profit increase

Posted on 27/02/2015

Etisalat, a leading telecommunication provider in the UAE, announced yesterday its consolidated financial results for the 12 months ending December 31st 2014, recording an increase in revenue of 26 percent to Dh48.8 billion. According to the report, Etisalat Group aggregate subscribers as at the fourth quarter of 2014 was at 169 million, reflecting a 14% increase year over year. In the UAE, the active subscriber base grew to 11.0 million subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2014, representing ...  >>MORE

du delivers another year of solid performance in 2014

Posted on 20/02/2015

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, du, yesterday announced its financial results for the full year and the fourth quarter of 2014, highlighting further growth across all key indicators. Due to a continued drive to address efficiency and innovative products and services in line with consumer demand, the company says that it has maintained its double-digit growth trajectory that in turn has ensured an increased dividend payout to shareholders. By continuing to invest in the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat adopts mobile NFC for accessing office facilities

Posted on 19/02/2015

Etisalat, one of the UAE's leading telecom service providers, is harnessing the latest wireless technologies via the implementation of a state of the art mobile NFC solution from Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security. The solution enables Etisalat's staff to access its offices and facilities securely with a single tap of the employee's mobile phone to a contactless reader. The new solution reflects Etisalat's commitment to innovation and to achieving the ...  >>MORE

du empowers innovative communication with newly-launched Multimedia Lab at Zayed University Abu Dhabi campus

Posted on 17/02/2015

Sheikha Lubna bint Khaled Al Qasimi, Minister of Development and International Cooperation, and President of Zayed University, was joined by Osman Sultan, CEO, du, to launch the new du Multimedia Lab for students of Zayed University's College of Communication and Media Sciences, during a ceremony held at the University's Abu Dhabi campus. The partnership with Zayed University to launch the second Multimedia Lab, after launching the first lab in Zayed University's Dubai campus in 2012, comes as ...  >>MORE

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Etisalat says UAE Government to allow foreign share ownership


TRA: UAE, first nation in the region to implement eCall initiative


Etisalat named Top Telecom Company in Arab World by Forbes Middle East


Etisalat offers special flat rate of Dh 3/min for outgoing calls while roaming on more than 600 partner networks


UAE delegation, headed by TRA, participates at World Summit on the Information Society Forum in Geneva


Du to introduce cloud-based teaching platform in schools


UAE participates in 150th anniversary celebrations of ITU in Geneva


Etisalat announces completion of UAE's first successful VoWiFi


TRA reveals results for UAE cellular mobile networks benchmarking survey 2014


du deploys evolutionary 4G+ technology in the UAE


Telecom Italia Sparkle and Etisalat announce collaboration on global media and broadcasting services


Etisalat wins Data Centre Project of the Year Award


Etisalat offers free international minutes to call Nepal


Free Wi-Fi Smart Palms sprouting in Dubai


DEWA forms partnership with Etisalat to utilise G-PON Fibre service on substations


Etisalat registers Dh2.2 billion net profit in Q1 2015


du marks another year of creative high-impact sustainability related achievements


TRA issues special instructions on facilitating access to telecommunications services for people with disabilities


du becomes the first company in the world to receive Ul Building Indoor Air Quality Certification


Etisalat waives off roaming charges on travellers’ helpline


UAE TRA participates in ITU Radio Regulations Board


Etisalat and LG collaborate to bring LG G FLEX2 to the UAE


New YahClick Broadband Portfolio comes to market


TRA launches "Secure your Mobile" initiative across UAE


Etisalat stops broadcasting Yemen Channel


Etisalat AGM approves full-year 2014 dividends of 70 fils per share


TRA clarifies VoIP policy in UAE


China Unicom selects Etisalat’s Smarthub to expand advanced regional data services


Etisalat and Huawei join forces to enable Network2020


Etisalat Becomes the first operator in MENA region to develop a single carrier 400 Gbps technology


Etisalat and Ericsson sign strategic partnership to advance 5G Technology


Emoji app celebrates Emirati culture


Etisalat Information Services launches connect.ae


Etisalat validates real world value of a virtualised mobile infrastructure; first in the region to conduct live testing


Universal broadband is a real target to achieve through public-private partnerships, says Etisalat Group CEO


LTE-Advanced is a reality as du announces the introduction of the technology on its live network


TRA reveals data for Q4 2014


Etisalat records landmark year in 2014 with 26 percent profit increase


du delivers another year of solid performance in 2014


Etisalat adopts mobile NFC for accessing office facilities


du empowers innovative communication with newly-launched Multimedia Lab at Zayed University Abu Dhabi campus