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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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

ETISALAT projects sharp rise in cell phone users

Posted on 02/10/2001

ETISALAT expects mobile subscriber coverage to reach even up to 80 per cent in the near to medium term, according to a senior official. The present level is over 50 per cent as the number of subscribers has crossed 1.7 million out of an overall population of 3 million. ETISALAT expects to close the year with a coverage rate of 58 per cent of the resident population. The UAE is the only Middle East state with mobile phone levels at or above the 50 per cent mark. Also before end-2001, ETISALAT ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT maintains steady growth

Posted on 23/09/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (ETISALAT) is maintaining robust growth with fixed telephone lines touching 1.04 million, mobile subscribers reaching 1.66 million and Internet subscribers standing at 243,081 as of end-August. These figures were released at a board meeting chaired by Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister for Communications and Chairman of ETISALAT. Noting the recent reductions in GSM and Wasel subscription rates, the minister promised more pleasant surprises soon. With an ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT maintains steady growth

Posted on 23/09/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (ETISALAT) is maintaining robust growth with fixed telephone lines touching 1.04 million, mobile subscribers reaching 1.66 million and Internet subscribers standing at 243,081 as of end-August. These figures were released at a board meeting chaired by Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister for Communications and Chairman of ETISALAT. Noting the recent reductions in GSM and Wasel subscription rates, the minister promised more pleasant surprises soon. With an investment ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT slashes Wasel GSM service by 46 per cent

Posted on 18/09/2001

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) has announced a 46 per cent cut in subscription charge on Wasel GSM service. ' As of Wednesday Wasel service fee will be reduced to Dh 185 from Dh 340,' an ETISALAT press release said today. ETISALAT also announced a reduction in annual charge to Dh 100 from Dh 200 for current and new subscribers to the wide spread service. The cut underlines ETISALAT's commitment to its customer base and to its policy of reviewing fees of its services and ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT cuts GSM rate by 33 per cent

Posted on 10/09/2001

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) announced today a 33 per cent reduction in subscription charge on GSM service as part of its silver jubilee celebrations. ' The service is cut to Dh 215 from Dh 320 and will go into effect as of tomorrow,' an ETISALAT press release said today. ETISALAT's Executive Manager for Marketing Mohammed Ahmed Al Faheem said the move is part of several exciting events, promotions and consumer benefits. 'More surprises for customers are on the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT unveils new jubilee logo

Posted on 03/09/2001

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) unveiled today a new logo to mark its silver jubilee. ETISALAT has come along way since its inception in 1976 when the Corporation had only 33,000 fixed telephone lines. Today, under the wise leadership of H.H. President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, ETISALAT is a highly successful ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT package for cell phone users

Posted on 28/08/2001

ETISALAT has launched a new ISHAAR package for its GSM mobile phone users, combining two new services – call conferencing and e-mail notification via SMS text messaging – with call waiting. The GSM call waiting was previously available to post-paid GSM subscribers starting from today. Subscribers can activate the package with no connection charges through IVR (interactive voice response) by dialling 182. The service can also be activated by visiting any ETISALAT branch, business centre, or ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT jubilee gift to subscribers

Posted on 26/08/2001

ETISALAT slashed its international direct dialling rates yesterday by up to 78 per cent to over 225 countries. The corporation has also reduced charges for mobile calls made within the UAE from 0.39 fils to 0.30 fils per minute during peak hours. The cut has been announced as a gift to subscribers from ETISALAT, which is celebrating its silver jubilee. The new tariffs will be effective from September 1. "This is the biggest series of reductions we have ever announced,” said President and CEO of ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT launches international paid service to North America

Posted on 21/08/2001

ETISALAT has introduced an international paid service, enabling its subscribers in the UAE to access numbers starting with 1-800 in North America. An official of the corporation said that the numbers starting with 1-800, 1-888 and 1-877 in the USA and Canada were earlier not accessible from the UAE. These numbers are used by North American companies and individuals to offer their services through direct marketing or TV programmes. The service will also facilitate the North American and Canadian ...  >>MORE

Comtrust BUCs to be available across GCC

Posted on 31/07/2001

Comtrust, e-business infrastructure unit of ETISALAT, has announced the availability of Business User Certificates throughout the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) region. The introduction of Business User Certificates is an extension of the Comtrust User certificates launched earlier. Business User Certificates are targeted at organisations that wish to ensure a secure environment for their online messaging and transactions among employees or business partners. The certificates reflect the name ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT cuts rate for video conferences

Posted on 28/07/2001

ETISALAT has cut the fee for a video conference licence by two-thirds. According to an ETISALAT announcement, the fee has been slashed from Dh15,000 to Dh5,000, the biggest single cut for any service. The move is expected to see an increase in the number of private service providers setting up video conference studios. Video conferencing is a live, real-time communication link through an Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) line, enabling face-to-face meetings to take place 24 hours a ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to test new software

Posted on 22/07/2001

ETISALAT and French telecom major Alcatel have signed an agreement to conduct field trials of Alcatel's voice-over-ATM solution in the UAE. The field trial, which is a part of ETISALAT's next-generation network evaluation programme, will start by the year end, a press statement from Alcatel. 'This trial is proof that Alcatel's solutions will be able to enhance ETISALAT's circuit-switched networks towards a multi-service package-based network,' said an official spokesperson of Alcatel. The ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT launches Arabic content for EWAP service

Posted on 16/07/2001

ETISALAT has announced the launch of "[email protected]," Arabic content for EWAP, in association with Egypt based-Good News International. EWAP was launched in English in April this year with 95,000 people already subscribing to the service. EWAP subscribers can now access the latest news and other interactive information and content in Arabic. Mohammed Al Fahim, executive vice president _ marketing, ETISALAT, said that allowing subscribers to access EWAP using the Arabic language opens the service to ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT set to declare share split, half-yearly results

Posted on 07/07/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (ETISALAT) will declare its 10:1 share split as of July 20. It will also announce its half-yearly results and interim payouts on Sunday, according to President and CEO Ali Al Owais. The announcement will made at the upcoming administrative board meeting in Abu Dhabi. The payout to shareholders will be in line with the corporation's profits recorded during the first half, he said. "Six-month profits this year follow the same average recorded in the corresponding ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to cut rates for three data services

Posted on 03/07/2001

ETISALAT has announced discounted rates for three of its core data services that will see business customers save up to 40 per cent. These services are: Asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), frame relay and leased circuit. ETISALAT said in a statement that the discounted rates would mean a huge saving for medium and large businesses that transfer data around a network such as banks, healthcare services, oil and gas companies, educational institutions and government departments. Mohammed Al ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT enhances calling card service

Posted on 30/06/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) has increased the global reach of its calling card and prepaid calling card which provides access in Arabic as well as English to domestic and international calls on almost any touch-tone phone around the world. To enhance the service, the corporation has agreed a home country direct (HCD) agreement with Polish Telecom bringing the number of countries from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Americas accessible via the ETISALAT Calling Card and ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT may start 3G services by October

Posted on 25/06/2001

ETISALAT is planning the commercial launch of the GPRS (general packet radio services) network, the first key step towards making availability of the third generation (3G) mobile services by October this year, a senior official confirmed. Significantly, ETISALAT has secured 85,000 subscribers for its WAP services to date since this service was launched in April this year, reflecting the growing interest in the mobile data services in the UAE. The trials before the launch of the GPRS are ...  >>MORE

Online service slashes rates by 35pc

Posted on 09/06/2001

Emirates Internet and Multimedia's (EIM) decision to cut rates for BusinessOne service by 35 per cent has sparked a good response, according to an official. In April, EIM introduced a new package allowing users to pay a Dh700 monthly rental for a minimum two-year subscription instead of the standard Dh1,100 on the BusinessOne service, which is based on asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology. "The service brings together all the features needed by small and medium businesses to ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT chooses Junipers high performance IP routers

Posted on 05/06/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (ETISALAT) has signed a multi-million dollar contract with a Silicon Valley networking company that will deploy the high-tech equipment for the next generation Internet Protocol (IP) in the UAE, enabling speedier and more efficient IP services. The California-based Juniper Networks, which will install the IP backbone through its high-performance IP routers, is also in talks with neighbouring Gulf countries and India. Along with local partner Alpha Data, Juniper ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT offers Wasel subscribers roaming service

Posted on 02/06/2001

Wasel subscribers will enjoy from today a special service which will allow them to receive calls while out of the UAE, thanks to the new Wasel "Tijwal" service introduced today by the Emirates Telecommunication Corporation, ETISALAT. The new service, which is available to both old and new subscribers, does not need any down or advance payment. A subscriber, who travels outside the UAE can check for his credit by dialling 009714004121. He or she can also add to his/her credit by dialling ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT set to decide on 3G partners

Posted on 28/05/2001

ETISALAT is expected to shortly decide on its vendor partners for the third generation (3G0 pilot project leading up to the actual launch by late 2003. Five vendors are in the running – Ericsson, Alcatel, Siemens, Motorola and Lucent. From these, two or three could be chosen for the pilot project. Ahmed Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Communications and Board Chairman of ETISALAT said: "the UAE was one of the first to introduce GSM services in the September 1994 on a regional level. The number ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT considering increase in Sudatel stake

Posted on 22/05/2001

UAE's telecom provider, ETISALAT, is in talks with the Sudanese government to hike its stake in the Sudan Telecom Company Limited (Sudatel), senior officials of Sudan said. "Negotiations with the government to increase ETISALAT's stake is on," Yousuf Kurdafani, deputy consul general of Sudan, said at a press conference in Sharjah on Monday to announce the opening of a two-day meeting on investment opportunities and development of transport services in Sudan. The meeting held under the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to launch third generation mobile services

Posted on 12/05/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (ETISALAT) will launch the third generation (3G) mobile telecommunications services in the UAE by late 2003 or early 2004, thus becoming the first firm in the Middle East to do so, according to a senior official. The company currently employs a 2.5G technology across its network. The investments into 3G come as part of a Dh4 billion spending plan over a three to four-year period that ETISALAT has budgeted for on new services and technology upgrades, said ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT earmarks Dh4.1b for capital expenditure

Posted on 01/05/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) has earmarked Dh4.1 billion for capital expenditure over the next two years as part of its future development. A substantial portion of these funds have been allocated to finance expansion and modernisation of the corporation's core and access networks that include PSTN, GSM, intelligent network, e-commerce, Internet and multimedia services. GSM capacity will be increased to support 2.2 million customers while the Internet dial-up capacity ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT posts Dh2.4b profits

Posted on 22/04/2001

ETISALAT is scheduled to hold its annual ordinary and extra-ordinary general meeting on Monday to discuss a proposal by the board to divide the company's share into 10 (with a paid-up value of Dh10 instead of the Dh100 now) and endorse the accounts for 2000. A report prepared by ETISALAT said the corporation posted a net profit of Dh2.4 billion, up 21.7 per cent compared with the 1999 profits of Dh1.971 billion. ETISALAT said the share division was aimed at increasing the number of shares ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT launches EWAP service

Posted on 18/04/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, ETISALAT, the UAE telecom services provider, has announced the launch of its Wireless Application Protocol-EWAP Service. Subscribers to the service can now access local and international interactive information all from the convenience of their WAP enabled GSM handsets, ETISALAT said in a statement. The service, essentially a technology, enables people on the move to access text based information, applications and services anytime, anywhere, the ...  >>MORE

UAE maintains the best communication network in the region-Minister

Posted on 03/04/2001

The UAE maintains the most advanced communication network in the region, ranking 25th worldwide with 500,000 Internet users last year, Minister of Economy and Trade Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi said today. "Our country enjoys the most advanced communication network and we are ahead of many Asian and European countries" the minister said, adding that this shows that the UAE provides a conducive e-commerce climate as well as sound electronic infrastructure. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT launces WASEL promotion

Posted on 24/03/2001

ETISALAT has announced the launch of a special promotion campaign for Wasel GSM-prepaid service. The campaign is scheduled to be held from March 24 to April 8. During the campaign the Wasel GSM pre-paid subscription will be offered at a special price of Dh195 instead of Dh340 and will be valid for one year. This includes connection charges, cost of the GSM SIM card and one year rental. However, during the ongoing renewal campaign from March 17 to April 8, subscription can be renewed by paying ...  >>MORE

COMTRUST to give firms digital certificates

Posted on 03/03/2001

Comtrust, the e-business unit of ETISALAT, has announced the introduction of digital certificates for UAE businesses and individuals as part of Comtrust Certification Services (CCS). Digital certificates facilitate secure transactions over the Web allowing secure exchange of sensitive information online which will help increase business in the UAE, according to a report in the daily "The Gulf Today". 'Digital certificates encrypt the data that visitors exchange with a site to keep it ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to raise investment in domestic network

Posted on 27/01/2001

Emirates Telecommunications Corp, ETISALAT, will raise its investments from Dh4 to Dh6 billion within three years to develop the internal telecommunications network and cover expenses of third-generation services. Last year ETISALAT profits rose to Dh2.4 billion from Dh1.971 billion in 1999, up 21.7 per cent, Ahmed Al Tayer, Minister of Communications and ETISALAT chairman, told Al Khaleej newspaper. ETISALAT can compete with foreign telecom players if the sector is liberalised, he said, ...  >>MORE

Emirates Call set to launch Gulf services

Posted on 10/01/2001

Emirates Call, the telecommunications service provider, will soon launch services in Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia, the company's top official said. The company, part of the capital's Neibal Group, will also introduce services soon to cover government departments. General Manager Ahmad Jumaa Al Hosani said the company's strategy is to market products to suit the needs of the people in the countries where it operates. The company, launched in mid-2000, has undergone a change in ...  >>MORE

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