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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

ETISALAT to make foray into Yemen, Pakistan and Turkey

Posted on 30/05/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (ETISALAT) is making determined efforts to reach out beyond the borders of the UAE to look for new opportunities, said a senior official. "After our successful entries into Saudi Arabia and Sudan, ETISALAT is currently about to enter the markets of Yemen, Pakistan and Turkey," said Nasser Bin Obood, deputy CEO. He was speaking at the Connect 2005, the second international telecommunication summit being organised in Dubai by the IIR Telecoms and Technology ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT eyes capital boost or new listing

Posted on 29/05/2005

UAE telecoms group ETISALAT must either increase its capital or float its international business on the stock market to fund a rapid expansion drive, a senior company executive said. Cash from its lucrative domestic operations and a surge in its share price have helped fuel the state-controlled company's expansion beyond the UAE. Its acquisition of 50 per cent of Atlantique Telecom last month added six West African states to its operations and it is in the running to buy control of the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT CEO honoured

Posted on 24/05/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation — ETISALAT — participated in the seventh Annual Arab Telecom and Internet Forum that was held in Marrakech, Morocco. ETISALAT's CEO, Mohamad Hassan Omran, attended the forum, and was felicitated as one of the key contributors to IT and technology in the Arab region. The only other person felicitated was the Saudi Minister for Telecommunications, Mohammed Jamil Mulla. (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

New service helps track calls when phone is switched off

Posted on 22/05/2005

ETISALAT yesterday announced the launch of a new service, which will enable customers to know the number of calls missed when their mobile phone is busy, switched off or outside the coverage area. Subscribers to the missed call notification service will be notified of any missed calls via an SMS, when they switch their phone back on or are back within the coverage area. At present, Wasel subscribers can receive notification of missed calls only if their phone is busy. The service is ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT upgrades directory service

Posted on 20/05/2005

ETISALAT, the sole telecom provider in the UAE, has started using a new telephony solution from Avaya, an American communications networks provider, to handle directory inquiries efficiently. The new solution will replace the traditional telephone system at ETISALAT's service centre that handles more than 150,000 directory inquiries each day, the UAE company said in a press release yesterday. The Avaya IP telephony solution will provide ETISALAT with more flexibility in managing directory ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT shortlisted to bid in Pakistan

Posted on 14/05/2005

Islamabad - Pakistan plans to call for bids from international telecom firms on June 10 for a 26 per cent controlling stake in Pakistan Telecommunication Co Ltd. Eight international telecom firms, including UAE-based Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (ETISALAT), are shortlisted to bid for PTCL, and have been invited to a pre-bidding conference on May 25, said Aamir Qawi, a consultant at the Privatisation Commission overseeing PTCL's sale. Analysts say the winning bidder is likely to ...  >>MORE

New board members for ETISALAT

Posted on 10/05/2005

Minister of Communications, Sultan Nasser Al Mansouri and Abdullah Ibrahim Al Daboos have been appointed as the new members on the board of directors of ETISALAT to represent the government. They have replaced Abdullah Ahmed Lootah and Saeed Mohammed Sharid, wrote Salem Ali Al Sharhan Vice President (Finance) in a letter to the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA) yesterday. He informed the Authority that the company has not taken any decision whatsoever which could effect the value ...  >>MORE

Telecom regulators give way to new company

Posted on 07/05/2005

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has given its green light for the emergence of a new telecommunications company in the country. The Authority's resolution to give licence to the new Dh 4 billion telecom provider followed a federal government intention to set up a new company in which the Pensions and Social Security Authority and other private sector shareholders hold 40 per cent stake. Remaining stakes will also be earmarked for public sector shareholders and will be put to ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT acquires 50% stake in West Africa's AtlantiqueTelecom

Posted on 22/04/2005

Dossongui Koné Atlantique Telecom CEO, and Obaid Bin Mes'har, CEO of ETISALAT International, at the signing ceremony Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) today announced that it had entered into a strategic partnership with expanding West African mobile operator Atlantique Telecom and acquired a 50 per cent stake in the group. The announcement, which was made in the French capital, Paris, confirmed that the deal gives ETISALAT a 10-year contract to manage the six-country ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT gives way to second mobile and fixed lines operator

Posted on 19/04/2005

Mohammed Hassan Omran, chief executive officer (CEO) of ETISALAT, yesterday said that under the deregulation of the telecom sector, a second operator could enter the UAE market to offer mobile telephony along with the fixed land lines as the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) is working out the legal frame work, clearing the way for competition. Speaking at the two-day conference on Privatisation of Infrastructure Facilities, on the topic of " Privatising Telecommunication: ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT's 1st quarter results point to another strong year

Posted on 13/04/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation-ETISALAT has continued to maintain its excellent growth record in all major areas in the first quarter of 2005 and anticipates yet another year of good performance. ETISALAT has reported net revenues rose to Dh3,036 million, and a net profit of Dh1,020 million in the first quarter of 2005. This represents increases of 23 and 24 per cent over the same period last year, according to Mohammad Hassan Omran, CEO, ETISALAT. Total assets have grown by Dh2,711 ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT rolls out new post-paid GSM service

Posted on 04/04/2005

ETISALAT has launched Najm, a new post-paid GSM service for premium subscribers, effective today. This is the first of many customer-focused packages planned by the UAE's lone telecom operator, before the market embraces duopoly in the coming years. ETISALAT has 3.8 million subscribers with 80 per cent utilising pre-paid services. The rest are post-paid subscribers. Najm is expected to increase the level of post-paid subscription in the coming years. ETISALAT's existing GSM customers will ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT's profit surged 19pc to Dh3.4b in 2004

Posted on 30/03/2005

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, posted a strong year of growth during 2004, with profits surging 19 per cent to Dh3.4 billion over the previous year and earnings per share rise to Dh10.4 from Dh8.7. Revenues were up 13 per cent to Dh10.4 billion as domestic and international traffic grew 16 per cent and 28 per cent respectively. The board of ETISALAT which held its annual general meeting in the capital yesterday, presided over by Dr Mohammed Khalfan bin Kharbash, ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to allow generic terms in toll free services

Posted on 22/03/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT has announced a development to the recently introduced Toll Free Service. Until now businesses could use their company name or brand name for numeric dialling, but starting April 2nd, ETISALAT will allow companies to reserve and use common (generic) industry terms as well. This change will give companies a prime marketing advantage in terms of having their name or their product line recognized by consumers looking for a particular product or ...  >>MORE

UAE women's fashions on phone cards

Posted on 13/03/2005

Traditional UAE women's fashions, including yashmaks and head coverings, are to feature on prepaid phone cards. ETISALAT is reproducing a set of stamps issued by Emirates Post showing women's fashion in the UAE. The move is part of a new collaboration between the two organisations. More than six million phone cards will carry the images. The cards feature robes, gowns and scarves as well as yashmaks, used for covering the nose and mouth. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT’s new-look directories for 2005

Posted on 12/03/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) revealed its new-look White and Yellow Pages directories, the definitive listings of individual and business phone numbers in the UAE. The covers for the 2005 directories, now being printed, have been given a face-lift following a design competition open to all ETISALAT staff. The Corporation's Contact Centre, which manages publication of both the directories, received more than 175 submissions for the cover design from the staff members in ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT owns 34% of growing Zanzibar Telecom

Posted on 05/03/2005

Zanzibar Telecom, Zantel, announced that it has received a licence allowing it to operate fixed line and mobile telecom services throughout the United Republic of Tanzania. The Minister of Transportation of Zanzibar attended the licence award ceremony. This licence was awarded after the federal government's decision to liberalise the telecom sector in the country, effective 23rd of February 2005. The company already had core infrastructure in place for their operations within the state of ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT announces 50pc cash dividend

Posted on 02/03/2005

ETISALAT has announced a cash dividend of 50 per cent and a bonus share of 10 per cent for the year-end December 31, 2004. The telecom company had already given an interim cash dividend of 25 per cent. At a meeting, the board of directors reviewed the performance of the company and showed its satisfaction over the record Dh10.43 billion income with a net profit of Dh3.418 billion, which has grown by 19 per cent over the previous year. BoD also decided to convene an extra ordinary general ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT set to begin GSM service in Saudi Arabia

Posted on 21/02/2005

Saudi Arabia's second mobile phone provider plans to offer GSM services in major cities by the end of next month or early April, company officials said. The announcement was made by Mohammad Omran, acting executive president of the UAE-based Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT). An ETISALAT-led consortium recently became Saudi Arabia's second mobile phone provider after winning a licence, according to a report from Riyadh published in "Gulf News.” The company will publicise its ...  >>MORE

E-marine global project's first phase over

Posted on 07/02/2005

Emirates Telecommunications and Marine Services FZE (E-marine), a subsidiary of ETISALAT, yesterday announced it has completed the first phase of the international SEA-ME-WE-4 project using its newly acquired cable ship. The CS Niwa, the third largest cable ship in the world, took 101 days to complete the task, including loading 3,500 km of various types of cables in Calais, France, and laying them from Jeddah down the Red Sea to the Arabian Sea. Working in ocean depths of over 4,000 metres ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT-led consortium aims to acquire stake in a Pakistani telecom firm

Posted on 06/02/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) is leading a consortium of five local and Pakistani companies, bidding for a minimum 26 per cent stake in a state-owned GSM and fixed line operator in Pakistan, a corporation top official revealed. "Pre-qualification results are expected to be out by the end of February, " Mohammed Hassan Omran, ETISALAT's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said during Mashreq Forum, being organised here by the Dubai-based Mashreq Bank. Omran also said that ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT profits up 19 per cent

Posted on 30/01/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) has reported revenues of Dh10.4 billion and a net profit of Dh3.4 billion during 2004. The revenue and net profit for the year have shown steady growth over 2003 by 13 per cent and 19 per cent, respectively. While the company's earnings per share increased to Dh10.4 from Dh8.7 over the previous year, its total assets increased by Dh2.5 billion to Dh20.4 billion. ETISALAT continued post strong growth in all major business areas during 2004. ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT unveils new corporate strategy to hone its competitive EDGE

Posted on 25/01/2005

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) yesterday announced a battery of groundbreaking initiatives with the launch of EDGE - Enhancing the Development and Growth of ETISALAT - its new corporate strategy programme. The announcement of the strategy for the next year and half by Mohammad Omran, ETISALAT's Chief Executive Officer, and Obaid Bin Mes'har, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, confirmed the Corporation's commitment to forward and outward looking initiatives. Omran said: "EDGE ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT set to enter Tanzania

Posted on 11/01/2005

ETISALAT will soon launch GSM services in Tanzania and is preparing to start fixed-line services in Sudan by mid-2005, the company's chief executive revealed yesterday. The corporation is also on track to commence commercial services in Saudi Arabia in March with plans to cover more than the originally planned 14 cities in the Kingdom. "As an equity holder in Zanzibar Telecom, we plan to roll out GSM services in mainland Tanzania shortly to expand our coverage in that area. "Until now GSM ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT urges care and awareness when buying equipment

Posted on 28/12/2004

ETISALAT wants consumers to be aware of network compatibility issues when they purchase new telecom equipment, especially as the UAE's market liberalises, a company official said. Starting on Saturday, ETISALAT will withdraw from the sale of telephones and other hardware, and throw the market open to imported telecom equipment, said Mohammad Al Fahim, executive vice-president for marketing at ETISALAT. Customers are encouraged to look for the UAELAB label of approval on each piece of telecom ...  >>MORE

E-marine finishes laying UAE-Qatar cable

Posted on 25/12/2004

E-marine, Etisalat's marine subsidiary, yesterday announced the completion of a submarine cable linking the UAE and Qatar, a company official said. "We were very pleased that our ship, CS Etilalat, and its crew, were able to complete the link without incident within 12 days an excellent achievement," said Omar Jasem Bin Kalban, CEO of E-marine. The project was a joint venture between E-marine and Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel). The new fibre optic cable will provide sufficient capacity for ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT Academy in pact with UN affiliated group

Posted on 21/12/2004

ETISALAT Academy signed a regional collaboration protocol with the United Nations (UN) affiliated Group of 77 to become its representative for the region-wide e-learning educational programme in the Middle East and North Africa, reports in the UAE's dailies said. The protocol was signed by Obied Bin Meshar, Deputy, chief executive officer, ETISALAT, Chairman, ETISALAT Academy and Dr. Asad Shah, chief executive officer, International Collaboration in the UN with the presence of Dr. Doaa Fares, ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT launches SMS-based translation service powered by Sakhr

Posted on 14/12/2004

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation(ETISALAT) today announced the launch of the new Tarjim service, which allows mobile users to receive translations between Arabic and English of words or phrases. Users send a phrase or word to a number in one of the languages and receive the translations on their phone. This service is offered in partnership with Sakhr Software Co., operators of www.ajeeb.com, one of the most popular online translation resources in the region, according to a statement ...  >>MORE

Internet services back to normal as technical glitches are fixed

Posted on 29/11/2004

Internet services in the UAE have returned to normal following a glitch that hit on Tuesday and slowed down connections, officials said. The technical fault that hit World Wide Web users has been fixed, said officials at eCompany, which runs most Internet services in the UAE. Thousands of Internet users from across the UAE suffered slow Internet connections after technical problems hit much of the Middle East. As reported in Gulf News, the problems were caused when connections linking most ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to set up new company in Sudan

Posted on 23/11/2004

ETISALAT will soon form a new company with its consortium partners in Sudan, and plans to invest US$200 million (Dh734 million) in the first two years as part of its services rollout, the company's chief said. The ETISALAT-led Kanartel consortium that won a licence to operate Sudan's second fixed line phone network will start services after the second half next year. "We are forming a new company with the other partners and these things are being finalised right now," Mohammad H. Omran, ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT awarded Sudan licence

Posted on 22/11/2004

The ETISALAT-led consortium has been awarded the licence to operate Sudan's second fixed line phone network, thus reinforcing ETISALAT's rapid regional expansion strategy. ETISALAT-led Kanartel made the approved bid at 45 million euros (Dh218.25 million), an official statement said yesterday. The National Telecommunication Commission (NTC), Sudan's regulatory authority, confirmed that the ETISALAT-led consortium Kanartel was selected over two rival consortia. Services are due to begin within ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to unveil two new services early next year

Posted on 09/11/2004

In line with its plan to introduce new technology, ETISALAT will launch two new services at the end of first quarter 2005, a company official said yesterday. The other planned services showcased at the recently concluded Gitex in Dubai will be launched before the end of 2004. The 'push to talk service' and the location-based service are in their trial phase. "The new services are on trial at the moment. The location-based service is planned for launch by April and the push to talk service ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT’s free type approval offer set to spark new telecom hardware

Posted on 01/11/2004

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) yesterday announced a special offer for telecom equipment vendors that will allow their products to be tested, approved and fast-tracked onto retailers shelves for free. The offer gives the vendors free type approval by UAE Lab the premier testing facility for a range of communication devices - until the end of November. The announcement marks a further stage in the Corporation's withdrawal from the sale of telecom equipment and the offer ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT cableship Niwa leaves Abu Dhabi to begin SMW4 project to connect

Posted on 26/10/2004

Emirates Telecommunications and Marine Services FZE (e-marine), a subsidiary of Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT), yesterday announced that the CS Niwa, its newest and most advanced cable-ship, had set sail from Abu Dhabi to begin laying Segment 2 from Mumbai to Jeddah of the prestigious SMW4 project to connect Singapore to France through the UAE. Alcatel Submarine Network's SMW4 project is the fourth in a series of ambitious submarine cables linking the East and West. The ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT Academy to launch 2nd phase of e-learning

Posted on 25/10/2004

ETISALAT Academy has recently announced that it will launch the second phase of the e-learning educational programme ('EasyLearning Initiative') after being nominated by GMC-TIN CCI's G77 and Serebra Learning Corporation of Canada to become their representative. The EasyLearning Initiative was recently launched by GMC-TIN to spread e-learning throughout the Middle East and North Africa (Mena). (The Khaleej Times) ...  >>MORE

Ettihad Etisalat subscription proceeds total SR 20 billion

Posted on 24/10/2004

Proceeds from subscriptions to the Ettihad Etisalat company's shares within Saudi Arabia until yesterday touched SR 20 billion, according to Etisalat, the UAE telecommunications provider. Obeid bin Mis'har, First Deputy CEO of Etisalat, told journalists at a press conference here today that he expects subscriptions until Monday, the closing day, to exceed SR 30 billion. "Over two million people have so far subscribed, 650,000 of whom are petite entrepreneurs, who are entering the stock ...  >>MORE

Legal internet telephony set to become reality in new year

Posted on 24/10/2004

When the New Year comes, residents here may start making international phone calls via the internet without the fear of being penalised, industry officials said. This, they said, would create a whole new industry that uses broadband connections, allowing for clearer internet calls that could rival traditional telephone networks. "There's no stopping Voice over the use of Internet Protocol (VoIP) in the Gulf or anywhere else in the world," said an executive based in the Dubai Internet City free ...  >>MORE

Saudis clamour to buy Ettihad Etisalat shares

Posted on 20/10/2004

Riyadh - Saudis continued to flock in large numbers to banks across the Kingdom for the fourth day to buy shares in Ettihad Etisalat, the new Saudi mobile telecom company led by UAE's Etisalat. The 1 billion riyal (US$266.6 million) initial public offering (IPO) opened on Saturday. By yesterday the 1,220 branches of local banks continued to witness the flow of investors to buy some of the 20 million shares offered at 50 Saudi riyals per share. The long queues in front of banks caused ...  >>MORE

Retail outlets to sell landline numbers

Posted on 19/10/2004

In a bid to provide better services to their customers, ETISALAT will soon introduce the facility of buying landline numbers from selected retail outlets. Speaking to "Khaleej Times,” Mohamed Ahmed Al Fahim, Executive Vice-President, Marketing, ETISALAT, said that the decision to take this move was due to the overwhelming response they received for their Wasel scheme, which was similar in nature. "Through this move, customers will be able to apply for their landline numbers through selected ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to expand into Asia and Africa

Posted on 18/10/2004

After a successful debut into Saudi Arabia's telecoms market, ETISALAT plans to expand its operations into Asian and some African markets, the company's chief executive said yesterday. The opening day response to Ettihad ETISALAT's IPO in Saudi Arabia surpassed expectations and the company is soon to launch a 400 million Saudi riyal rights issue. Mohammad H. Omran, president and chief executive of ETISALAT, told Gulf News overseas expansion plans loom large for the company. "We are looking ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT targets seven million subscribers in Saudi Arabia

Posted on 17/10/2004

The UAE's ETISALAT, which has won Saudi Arabia's second mobile phone service licence jointly with a number of Saudi investors, has announced that it expects to get up to seven million subscribers in the first five years of its operations in the Kingdom, according to a report from Jeddah published in "Khaleej Times.” The initial public offering (IPO) of shares in the ETISALAT Consortium will start today as announced by the head of the Capital Market Authority. SAMBA Financial Group has been ...  >>MORE

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ETISALAT to make foray into Yemen, Pakistan and Turkey


ETISALAT eyes capital boost or new listing


ETISALAT CEO honoured


New service helps track calls when phone is switched off


ETISALAT upgrades directory service


ETISALAT shortlisted to bid in Pakistan


New board members for ETISALAT


Telecom regulators give way to new company


ETISALAT acquires 50% stake in West Africa's AtlantiqueTelecom


ETISALAT gives way to second mobile and fixed lines operator


ETISALAT's 1st quarter results point to another strong year


ETISALAT rolls out new post-paid GSM service


ETISALAT's profit surged 19pc to Dh3.4b in 2004


ETISALAT to allow generic terms in toll free services


UAE women's fashions on phone cards


ETISALAT’s new-look directories for 2005


ETISALAT owns 34% of growing Zanzibar Telecom


ETISALAT announces 50pc cash dividend


ETISALAT set to begin GSM service in Saudi Arabia


E-marine global project's first phase over


ETISALAT-led consortium aims to acquire stake in a Pakistani telecom firm


ETISALAT profits up 19 per cent


ETISALAT unveils new corporate strategy to hone its competitive EDGE


ETISALAT set to enter Tanzania


ETISALAT urges care and awareness when buying equipment


E-marine finishes laying UAE-Qatar cable


ETISALAT Academy in pact with UN affiliated group


ETISALAT launches SMS-based translation service powered by Sakhr


Internet services back to normal as technical glitches are fixed


ETISALAT to set up new company in Sudan


ETISALAT awarded Sudan licence


ETISALAT to unveil two new services early next year


ETISALAT’s free type approval offer set to spark new telecom hardware


ETISALAT cableship Niwa leaves Abu Dhabi to begin SMW4 project to connect


ETISALAT Academy to launch 2nd phase of e-learning


Ettihad Etisalat subscription proceeds total SR 20 billion


Legal internet telephony set to become reality in new year


Saudis clamour to buy Ettihad Etisalat shares


Retail outlets to sell landline numbers


ETISALAT to expand into Asia and Africa


ETISALAT targets seven million subscribers in Saudi Arabia