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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

ETISALAT defends 3G stake

Posted on 20/10/2002

ETISALAT has defended its investment in the globally-debated third generation (3G) mobile phone technology by stressing that it is entering the testing phase of the project with awareness and caution. Many Arab telecom operators decided against the costly 3G investment, which will speed up delivery of data, voice and images over mobile phone networks. Some global companies reportedly retrenched employees and sold assets in joint ventures, to cover debts resulting from their investment in the ...  >>MORE

UAE on top of cellular market share index

Posted on 19/10/2002

A newly released comprehensive trend report from the strategic research service, Arab Advisers' Group (AAG), which has analysed the dynamics of the mainline market and the cellular market in 11 Arab countries, has put the UAE on top of the cellular market share index by a wide margin, with a score of 5.38, and also of the mainline market share index with a score of 2.96. The AAG report titled 'A comparative analysis of the cellular and mainlines markets in the Arab World', which was released ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT, Microsoft working to deliver corporate mobility

Posted on 15/10/2002

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, ETISALAT, and Microsoft have announced that they are working closely together to deliver a mobile solution utilising GPRS technology based on the Microsoft Information Server (MIS) package with a view to a commercial launch in the UAE by the end of the year. This solution from ETISALAT will offer a reliable, scalable and manageable wireless access platform that mobile-enables existing infrastructure. This will facilitate increased corporate mobility by ...  >>MORE

UAE mobile phone market set for 40pc sales surge

Posted on 10/10/2002

UAE's mobile phone market is poised for a sales surge of 30-40 per cent this year despite reaching the region's highest penetration level at 70 per cent thanks to a buoyant replacement demand. Market analysts point out that even at 70 per cent penetration level, which is one of the highest in the world after Nordic countries at 90 per cent, there is still room for further expansion of the cellular phone market in the UAE. In the Middle East, where the mobile phone industry is set to increase ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT makes text messaging more popular

Posted on 10/10/2002

Wasel and GSM subscribers can now directly send English SMS text messages from their mobile handsets to any fax in the UAE as well as to an e-mail address, ETISALAT announced yesterday. This facility is being provided by ETISALAT with the launch of 'SMS 2 FAX' and 'SMS 2 EMAIL'. The SMS text messaging service allows mobile users to send and receive short text messages, of a maximum of 160 characters. With the launch of the 'SMS 2 FAX' and 'SMS 2 EMAIL' people who do not own a mobile too can ...  >>MORE

UAE cell phone users top 2.3m, Net surfers near 1m

Posted on 08/10/2002

ETISALAT continues to achieve robust subscriber growth with current GSM users touching 2.3 million and Internet users totalling almost a million, a top official said. "As of now there are 2.3 million GSM (mobile) users which is about 65 per cent penetration rate, and almost one million Internet users which is over 30 per cent penetration," Ali Salim Al Owais, chief executive and president, ETISALAT, told Gulf News yesterday after a function honouring the corporation's 36 long-serving ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT makes Dh. 500 million payment as royalty to government

Posted on 28/08/2002

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation "ETISALAT" has made a payment of Dh500 million, the third instalment of its royalty to the UAE Federal Budget. Out of this, Dh100 million is paid towards H.H President Sheikh bin Sultan Al Nahyan's Housing programme. The payments are part of ETISALAT's obligations to the nation, undertaken when the Corporation was established 26 years ago. ETISALAT pays 50 per cent of its net profit every year to the Federal Government as per cabinet decision in 1998. The ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT posts Dh1.23b net in first half

Posted on 26/08/2002

ETISALAT maintained its high profitability, earning a net profit of Dh1.23 billion for the first half of 2002. The growth could not be determined as last year's half-yearly figures were not made public. ETISALAT earned a net profit of Dh2.5 billion for 2001, its highest net profit ever. Analysts said regional telecommunications companies have generally done well, and though there is an improvement, ETISALAT's rate of growth in its first half profit may be lower than that of other regional ...  >>MORE

UAE comes second in market maturity

Posted on 25/08/2002

With 24 per cent of its overall telecommunications revenue in 2001 coming from data communications, Bahrain leads the Arab Middle East and North African region in market maturity and development, followed by the UAE, with 10 per cent of its total revenues generated by data communications last year. At five per cent and four per cent respectively, Egypt and Tunisia fared better than Saudi Arabia, which has yet to roll out advanced managed data network services (MDNS) kingdom-wide. The ...  >>MORE

UAE dream market for GSM operators

Posted on 03/08/2002

The UAE GSM market is a dream market for new operators, when they are allowed to come in, with the total GSM and PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) revenues projected to grow from US$ 1.6 billion in 2000 to more than US$ 2.48 billion by year-end 2006. A new report entitled 'UAE Communications Projections Report-2002' was released to the Arab Advisers Group's (AAG) Strategic Research Service subscribers in February this year, which noted that the UAE comfortably stands out as the Arab ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT pays Dh400 royalty to government

Posted on 26/06/2002

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, that it had paid Dh400 million, the second instalment of it s royalty to the UAE Federal Budget. The company said in a press release that it also paid an additional Dh100 million to the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Housing Fund. The payments are part of ETISALAT's obligations to the nation undertaken when the corporation was established 25 years ago under the guidance of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin ...  >>MORE

UAE tops in telecommunication spending

Posted on 13/06/2002

The UAE spent more than other countries to develop its telecommunication sector during the 1990s, but the Arab region as a whole lagged far behind in such services because of poor investments and government control of the communication sector. Figures by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) showed that the UAE pumped in around US$100 per individual annually between 1990 and 1999 compared with an international per capita average of nearly US$90. But in other Arab countries, the ...  >>MORE

Telephone lines rise to 1,065,000 by April

Posted on 09/06/2002

The operating telephone lines nationwide rose to 1,065,000 by the end of April this year, from only 36,000 in 1976. Mohammed Sultan Al Qadi, General Manager of Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, Ras Al Khaimah Region, highlighted this yesterday during an inspection visit by Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Ras Al Khaimah Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler, to ETISALAT regional head office. He was accompanied by Sheikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qasimi, head of the Civil Aviation ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT roadshow on E-SHOP's online benefits

Posted on 29/05/2002

Following last year's launch of its new online service ETISALAT E-SHOP at http://www.etisalat4me.co.ae, ETISALAT has started a comprehensive regional road show aimed at educating customers about the benefits of dealing with the Corporation online. The roadshow will last almost three weeks with visits scheduled to major business centres in all the Emirates between 9am and 1 pm, according to a statement issued yesterday ...  >>MORE

UAE tops Arab mobile phone users

Posted on 19/05/2002

The UAE has the highest number of mobile phone users per capita in the Arab world, and its mobile network is second in size only to Saudi Arabia. According to the International Telecommunications Union, the UAE had around 1.75 million mobile phone subscribers at the end of 2001, an average of nearly one mobile for every two people. Saudi Arabia had the largest number of subscribers, which stood at 2.31 million but the average is far below the UAE, standing at around one mobile for every eight ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT unit eyes India, EU, Far East

Posted on 12/05/2002

Emirates Data Clearing House (EDCH), an ETISALAT business unit, is eyeing GSM operators in Europe, India and the Far East markets to strike roaming agreements, confirmed a top official. These high potential markets would represent the next phase in the evolution of EDCH. Under a roaming agreement, EDCH would have revenues accruing to it when a GSM subscriber Given the number of visitors to the UAE from these countries, roaming agreements with operators would have a significant impact for the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT mobile subscription base crosses 2-million mark

Posted on 07/05/2002

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) has crossed the two-million mark in mobile subscribers -- a penetration level of 70 per cent in the UAE, according to a senior official. The telecom service provider has achieved this feat from a subscriber base of 130,000 in 1996, said Mohammed Al Fahim, executive vice-president, marketing, ETISALAT. He was speaking at m-net GPRS (general packet radio service) seminar and exhibition for government and major corporate customers hosted by ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT introduces full WASEL roaming facility

Posted on 05/05/2002

ETISALAT yesterday announced the introduction of full roaming facility for WASEL subscribers. WASEL users can now make outgoing call as well as receive incoming calls while travelling overseas, without a deposit or a bank guarantee. This makes the hugely popular WASEL prepaid mobile service even more attractive to ETISALAT customers, according to a press release from ETISALAT issued today. WASEL customers must note however that dialling procedures while roaming are differing for making outgoing ...  >>MORE

ESCMA approves listing of ETISALAT stock

Posted on 01/05/2002

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) has received the approval for listing from Emirates Securities and Commodities Market Authority. The listing is expected to take place in "the very near future", a company official said. But sources said "the very near future" could be as short as one month. The listing of ETISALAT, which is the heaviest weighted stock on the UAE stock market with a market capitalisation of 35 per cent of the total market, was now due for sometime. It is ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to start new service

Posted on 30/04/2002

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, will launch tomorrow its enhanced Directory Enquiry Service, that will carry a charge of 30 fils per call from fixed line telephones. The Contact Centre of ETISALAT in Ajman was opened last year as a flagship customer service facility, to manage non face-to-face interactions with customers, with the Centre centralising the 180/181 directory enquiry service. Customers can also visit the ETISALAT web site >>MORE

ETISALAT pays Dh400m as royalty

Posted on 24/04/2002

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, yesterday paid the first instalment of Dh400 million of its annual royalty payment to the UAE federal budget. The corporation also made an additional payment of Dh100 million to the Housing Fund of the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. As per the cabinet decision of 1998, ETISALAT pays 50 per cent of its net profit every year to the federal government. In 2001, the royalty payment for the year 2000 totalled Dh2.3 ...  >>MORE

Telecom revenue may double by 2006

Posted on 22/04/2002

The UAE's total Global System for Mobile (GSM) and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) revenue has been projected to more than double at US$2.48 billion by the end of 2006, according to a study conducted by the Amma-based Arab Advisors Group. These revenue stood at US$1.6 billion in 2000. The "UAE Communications Projections 2002" report said the UAE comfortably stands out as the Arab world's most advanced communications market. While Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT assets swell to Dh16b

Posted on 15/04/2002

ETISALAT assets rose almost 9 per cent to a massive Dh15.9 billion compared to Dh14.6 billion in 2000, Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister for Communications and chairman of ETISALAT, announced at yesterday's annual general meeting. He said for listing in Abu Dhabi and Dubai floors, the corporation took a decision to split its shares of Dh100 each into shares of Dh10 each. Ali Salim Al Owais, president and chief executive, said the level of turnover was achieved through a combination of ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT monopoly to stay, says Al Tayer

Posted on 07/04/2002

ETISALAT has invested Dh1 billion on its corporate offices across the country and such investments in the UAE will continue, said Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Communications. ETISALAT will not allow competition in the country as long as it continues to deliver very good service and price, the minister stated. Speaking at the opening of the new Dh124 million Al Ain regional head office, Al Tayer said ETISALAT plans to open new offices soon in Ajman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. "ETISALAT ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT 3G plans on schedule

Posted on 11/03/2002

Evaluation of the trial tests conducted for the planned third generation (3G) mobile phone services will take place during the second half of the year, according to a senior official with ETISALAT. "We are going as per the road map set out by us on 3G. There have been no changes to that," said Mohammed Ahmed Al Fahmi, executive vice-president for marketing. "As per our projections, we are looking at something like early 2004 for the launch of the services. At the same time, we are taking ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi chats more as number of phone lines soars

Posted on 28/02/2002

Residents of Abu Dhabi spent nearly three billion minutes speaking over the phone in 2000 - an average 8.2 million minutes a day. Around 1.8 billion minutes involved land lines within the UAE and nearly 316 million minutes in international calls, according to figures published in the annual report of the Abu Dhabi Planning Department. Mobile phone chatting involved around 831 million minutes in local calls and 104 million minutes in international calls. The figures showed a steady increase ...  >>MORE

UAE's GSM, PSTN revenues could rise

Posted on 25/02/2002

The UAE's total GSM and PSTN revenues could grow from US$1.6 billion in 2000 to more than US$2.48 billion by end 2006, according to the Arab Advisors Group. The UAE stands out as the Arab world's most advanced communications market, the group commented. The country's penetration levels for telecom services are impressive by all standards, 32 per cent PSTN penetration, and 57.75 per cent GSM penetration as of end 2001. A new report, entitled UAE Communications Projections 2002, has been ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT's third generation of sophisticated mobile phones coming next year: Tayer

Posted on 20/02/2002

Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Communications, today said that ETISALAT's services were one of the top in the world and that any future thinking of establishing another company should take ETISALAT's record into consideration. He said the remarks in a lecture he delivered today at the Zayed Centre for Co-ordination and Follow Up on the UAE's progress in the field of communications. Answering a question on the possibility of establishing another telecommunications company in the country, Al ...  >>MORE

Thuraya becomes Nepal's service provider

Posted on 16/02/2002

Thuraya has signed an agreement with Nepal Gateway Communications Private Limited, to be its service provider in Nepal. The agreement empowers Nepal Gateway to offer Thuraya products and services in Nepal and act as its full representative. Yousuf Al Sayed, Thuraya's CEO, said that Nepal was a market with high forecasted demand for Thuraya products and services. The Nepal Gateway CEO, Pravin Rana, also said that he was pleased with the partnership and expressed his conviction that Nepal would ...  >>MORE

Al Tayer praises ETISALAT's great role

Posted on 22/01/2002

ETISALAT continues to perform admirably in its role as the UAE's sole telecom provider and at par with regional and global standards, according Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, UAE Minister of Communications. Al Tayer was speaking at the two-day Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference on telecom policies concerning digital economy. The UAE - through the formation of ETISALAT - was among the first regional countries to expand the private sector's role in developing the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT plans expansion of GSM network

Posted on 09/01/2002

ETISALAT is planning further expansion of its GSM network to reach 2.3 million subscribers by end-2003 and thus finalising plans to introduce the revolutionary 3G technology and New Generation Networks (NGN) by the end of 2003, Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, UAE Minister of Communications, said yesterday. Also, three global telecom majors - Alcatel, Siemens and Ericsson - are in the race to secure a contract with ETISALAT for providing 3G technology for which tests are scheduled to be completed by ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT launches GPRS mobile technology

Posted on 07/01/2002

ETISALAT has launched its highly awaited m-Net GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) service for all post- paid GSM mobile subscribers. The service is expected to be available to pre-paid Wasel subscribers sometime in the second half of the year. The service can be accessed from all metropolitan areas within the UAE with coverage expanding daily, according to a press release issued today by ETISALAT. m-Net GPRS is priced very attractively to allow people to surf the Net when they are mobile. ...  >>MORE

UAE leads in cellphone usage

Posted on 30/12/2001

Over one out of every two person in the UAE has a mobile telephone, making it the top cellphone user in the Arab region and the 11th in the world, according the a study by Dubai based Al Dhaman Stocks Portfolio, which showed there are 58.5 mobile phone lines for ever 100 people in the UAE. The ratio was estimated at 30.05 in Bahrain, 24.8 in Kuwait, 19.9 in Qatar, 6.4 in Oman, 6.3 in Saudi Arabia and 2.14 in Egypt, said the study, published in the Arabic daily "Akhbar Al Arab”. Between 1995 ...  >>MORE

Big increase in number of ETISALAT subscribers

Posted on 16/12/2001

Dubai residents and visitors have used mobile phones for an all-time record 626.27 million minutes last year. Mobile phones reportedly accounts for the bulk of the revenue that comes into the coffers of the country's sole telecom service provider. According to Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) statistics, there has been a phenomenal growth in the amount of time being spent by the subscribers on mobile phones in the past five years. Dubai's 68,212 GSM subscribers logged ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT scheme to recharge Wasel accounts

Posted on 11/12/2001

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, has become the first telecommunications operator in the region to provide recharging of Wasel account using EWAP on mobile phone. They have also started a service where recharging of Wasel can be done online at www.etisalat4me.co.ae. A customer can pay for both services through credit card with a minimum amount of Dh30 and a maximum limit of Dh1,000, according to reports in the UAE's dailies. Wasel customers can recharge their account ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT seeks listing on Abu Dhabi mart

Posted on 03/12/2001

Market heavyweight Emirates Telecommunications Corp (ETISALAT) has sought listing of its shares on Abu Dhabi Securities Market (ADSM). An ETISALAT statement to Gulf News confirmed the move. The ETISALAT stock has gained more than 20 per cent in the last two months, from Dh89 to Dh109. The move should put to rest all speculation as to which floor ETISALAT will prefer for the listing of its stock, which claims a clean 32 per cent of the total market capitalisation in the UAE stock market. A ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT - National day 2001

Posted on 01/12/2001

Since the establishment of the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, in 1976, the Corporation has made series of achievements, which placed the UAE among the best countries in terms of the provision of advanced telecommunication services at affordable prices. To celebrate its silver jubilee, which fell last September, ETISALAT made a series of price cuts in its services which made its prices the lowest in the Middle East region. The last few years has reiterated that ...  >>MORE

Breaking News - now get it direct from ETISALAT

Posted on 21/11/2001

ETISALAT has launched an electronic news service for its mobile subscribers. The new service, called SMS Breaking News, is the latest offered to mobile subscribers, both Wasel and Speak Easy prepaid and GSM post-paid. An ETISALAT statement said the service is being introduced in conjunction with ETISALAT's local content provider, Info2cell, who source their information from Agence France Press (AFP). The Breaking News service is available to all mobile subscribers and costs a nominal Dh10 a ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT’s Dh4.1 billion development budget

Posted on 11/11/2001

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, has committed Dh4.1 billion in the future development and overall expansion of its network in the UAE in the next two years. The UAE Minister of Telecommunications and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ETISALAT, Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, disclosed this during the opening of the ETISALAT Call Centre in Ajman. He said a major portion of this money will be utilised for expansion of GSM and Emirates Internet and Multimedia, EIM. The GSM ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT pays Dh472m to finance ministry

Posted on 31/10/2001

ETISALAT has paid an additional Dh472 million as concession fee to the Ministry of Finance and Industry. The total amount paid so far this year as royalty is Dh1.89 billion. ETISALAT pays 60 per cent of its profits annually to the Federal Government for the privilege it enjoys as the sole telecommunications provider in the country, a spokesman of ETISALAT said yesterday. The corporation has managed to supersede its counterparts in the region and stand firm on its feet since it was established ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to offer GPRS facility from November

Posted on 16/10/2001

ETISALAT has confirmed that its latest M-NET General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) will be released across the UAE in November. GPRS, which allows information to be sent and received in packets across a mobile telephone network, will compliment the existing eWAP services. And it is believed that the service will be cheaper than other competing web connections because the price is based on packets received, not time connected. Fixed monthly rental is estimated to cost about Dh50, said Ahmed Al ...  >>MORE

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ETISALAT defends 3G stake


UAE on top of cellular market share index


ETISALAT, Microsoft working to deliver corporate mobility


UAE mobile phone market set for 40pc sales surge


ETISALAT makes text messaging more popular


UAE cell phone users top 2.3m, Net surfers near 1m


ETISALAT makes Dh. 500 million payment as royalty to government


ETISALAT posts Dh1.23b net in first half


UAE comes second in market maturity


UAE dream market for GSM operators


ETISALAT pays Dh400 royalty to government


UAE tops in telecommunication spending


Telephone lines rise to 1,065,000 by April


ETISALAT roadshow on E-SHOP's online benefits


UAE tops Arab mobile phone users


ETISALAT unit eyes India, EU, Far East


ETISALAT mobile subscription base crosses 2-million mark


ETISALAT introduces full WASEL roaming facility


ESCMA approves listing of ETISALAT stock


ETISALAT to start new service


ETISALAT pays Dh400m as royalty


Telecom revenue may double by 2006


ETISALAT assets swell to Dh16b


ETISALAT monopoly to stay, says Al Tayer


ETISALAT 3G plans on schedule


Abu Dhabi chats more as number of phone lines soars


UAE's GSM, PSTN revenues could rise


ETISALAT's third generation of sophisticated mobile phones coming next year: Tayer


Thuraya becomes Nepal's service provider


Al Tayer praises ETISALAT's great role


ETISALAT plans expansion of GSM network


ETISALAT launches GPRS mobile technology


UAE leads in cellphone usage


Big increase in number of ETISALAT subscribers


ETISALAT scheme to recharge Wasel accounts


ETISALAT seeks listing on Abu Dhabi mart


ETISALAT - National day 2001


Breaking News - now get it direct from ETISALAT


ETISALAT’s Dh4.1 billion development budget


ETISALAT pays Dh472m to finance ministry


ETISALAT to offer GPRS facility from November