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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

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority launches updated edition of its smart application

Posted on 05/02/2015

ABU DHABI, 5th February, 2015 (WAM) -- The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced yesterday the launch of its updated smart application, "UAETRA", on all supported mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android Google Play and Blackberry World. The application is designed as a smart platform to deliver TRA services to various demographics, anytime and anywhere. The app also aims to provide users with support and assistance services in the palm of their hands through one ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group nominated for five prestigious GSMA Global Mobile Awards

Posted on 05/02/2015

ABU DHABI, 5th February, 2015 (WAM) -- The Etisalat Group has been nominated for five prestigious Global Mobile Awards, according to an announcement from Groupe Speciale Mobile Association. The nominated products and services include Flous, for best mobile money service, Mobile Cashier, for best smart retail service, women's empowerment programme Weena, for best service in emerging markets, Etisalat Mobile Connect, for the best digital identity service and C'me, for the best mobile network ...  >>MORE

Etisalat completes sale of its French-speaking West African operations to Maroc Telecom

Posted on 28/01/2015

The Etisalat Group yesterday announced that it has completed the sale of its French-speaking West African Operations to Maroc Telecom. The announcement comes as part of the acquisition of a 53-percent shareholding in Maroc Telecom that took place in May 2014. As part of this sale, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation Etisalat, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Atlantique Telecom SA, AT, and Etisalat International Benin Limited, EIBL, successfully completed the sale of Etisalat's ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches Emerald plan for UAE’s business elite

Posted on 26/01/2015

Etisalat announced yesterday the launch of an exclusive ‘Emerald' plan for the UAE's business elite. The Emerald plan offers premium mobile numbers, bundled allowance of free flexible minutes, SMS, mobile data, and a latest smart device valued up to Dh3,600 for free every year. Designed for business executives who demand the power of optimum mobility and connectivity, this unique plan offers the highest level of convenience, flexibility and exclusivity. Tailor-made packages start from Dh2,000 ...  >>MORE

President issues Emiri Decree appointing Hamad Al Mansoori as TRA Director-General

Posted on 22/01/2015

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has issued Federal Decree No. 14 of 2015, appointing Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori as a Director-General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA. Al Mansoori has served as the Director-General of UAE Smart Government since April 2014 and was Deputy Director-General of Information and e-Government Sector, TRA, from May 2013 to April 2014. He holds a Master's Degree in multimedia, computer science from Middlesex University. >>MORE

Etisalat launches 4G LTE and eLife services over VSAT technology

Posted on 21/01/2015

On the sidelines of IBC Content Everywhere MENA event, organised by IBC in Dubai from 20th-22nd January, Etisalat has launched its 4G LTE and eLife services over VSAT (very small aperture terminal) technology. Etisalat is the first operator to launch 4G LTE and triple play services, eLife, via VSAT in the Middle East region. It will allow customers in remote, desert and off shore areas to enjoy high-speed data and watch eLife channels over VSAT technology. Commenting on the launch, Tareq ...  >>MORE

Du eyes bigger slice of social media

Posted on 12/01/2015

Telecom operator du is eyeing a bigger share of social media aficionados, as social sites have become the popular choice among the consumers. Operators across the world are facing stiff competition from social media sites, which are dealing major blows to telcos' revenues. In the UAE, more than 85 per cent of subscribers are on prepaid plans. "The UAE has the highest social penetration rate in the world at 80 per cent while the penetration rate for Middle East is 24 per cent. An average user ...  >>MORE

Middle East’s first terminal innovation lab in UAE goes live

Posted on 07/01/2015

du, the fastest growing telecom service provider in the Middle East, and Anite, a global leader in wireless equipment testing technology, yesterday announced the start of live operations at its Terminal Innovation Lab in the UAE, a first in the Middle East region. The facility is equipped with Anite's device and network test solutions. du, the first telecom service provider in the Middle East to achieve Global Certification Forum accreditation, GCF, conceptualised the Terminal Innovation Lab ...  >>MORE

Etisalat spends Dh2.5bn on 4G

Posted on 06/01/2015

Etisalat spent about Dh2.5 billion last year on its 4G and fibre optic networks, according to a report in Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister newspaper of The National. The report said that brings the phone company's total investment in its networks over the past five years to Dh21bn. Looking ahead, Etisalat is considering the launch of a network using 5G technology. 5G technology has yet to be invented, but telecoms analysts predict it will appear sometime near 2020. A new telecoms ...  >>MORE

TRA reveals data for third quarter of 2014 on UAE market share of mobile handsets, smartphones and social networking sites

Posted on 05/01/2015

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has revealed statistics for the third 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 from 1st July, 2013 to 30th September 2014, 59% of handsets registered on the UAE's networks were ...  >>MORE

TRA publishes its YouTube White Paper

Posted on 31/12/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has launched a white paper on YouTube usage, which comes as part of ‘The UAE Social Media White Papers' collection. Aimed at highlighting the terms and conditions of the most popular social networks in use in the UAE, the latest white paper release focuses on YouTube, which has more than one billion unique visitors every month and over 100 hours of video uploaded every minute. YouTube is a video sharing website that allows billions of people ...  >>MORE

TRA launches the new UAEPedia website and app

Posted on 30/12/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has launched the new UAEPedia website and smart device application at a workshop at its Dubai office. Several representatives from federal and local government entities had gathered to participate in the workshop. The workshop comes in line with the efforts of the TRA to shift towards a mobile government in order to enhance and improve the nation's ICT sector. The UAE mGovernment team had been working hard to develop and re-launch the UAEPedia ...  >>MORE

UAE trumps world in Net penetration

Posted on 29/12/2014

The UAE is a top nation in terms of the proportion of rural population covered by at least a 3G mobile network. The nation's ranking jumped up 14 ranks to 32 from 46, as per the sixth edition of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) report ‘Measuring the Information Society (MIS) 2014', which classified the UAE as being among the "most dynamic” group of countries, having recorded above-average improvements in the ICT (information and communication technology) Development Index (IDI) ...  >>MORE

UAE among top 5 Arab States recording in ICT development Index

Posted on 25/12/2014

ICDL Arabia, the governing body and certification authority for the ICDL certification program in Egypt, GCC States and Iraq, has expanded on the recent findings of the 2014 report published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations' specialised agency for ICT, pointing out the outstanding performance of the GCC countries in the report. The ITU's flagship annual report 'Measuring the Information Society Report' has identified Gulf countries among the group of 'most ...  >>MORE

UAE has 76.47% smartphone users in Q3

Posted on 24/12/2014

Aggressive retail push from handset manufacturers and new smartphone launches helped the UAE market witness a 41.67 per cent growth in the third quarter. "The shipments were better than expected and unusually high. Usually, the third quarter of the year is a slow quarter,” said Nabila Popal, research manager for mobile handsets at International Data Corporation (IDC). Smartphone shipments registering a market share of 76.47 per cent. In the fourth quarter, the smartphone segment is expected ...  >>MORE

Etisalat introduces exclusive dual touch-screen YotaPhone 2

Posted on 17/12/2014

Etisalat announced yesterday the exclusive UAE launch of YotaPhone 2, the world's only dual-screen smartphone, available to customers on competitive prepaid and post-paid plans. Etisalat customers can enjoy a two-month exclusivity to own the device before it hits the market. The revolutionary device will be available across all Etisalat business centres and key retail outlets in the UAE. Available in black, the all-new YotaPhone 2 handset is free on an 18-month contract plan for Dh250 with 1GB ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches data package for new Hemayati mobile app for child safety

Posted on 08/12/2014

Etisalat has introduced a new monthly post-paid and prepaid mobile data package for customers seeking to use the recently launched ‘Hemayati' mobile app that tracks children's location and movement for protection and safety reasons. A single ‘Hemayati' data package subscription of Dh 49 per month from Etisalat can be used for all family members. The new Hemayati mobile app launched by Ministry of Interior (MoI), helps parents track their children's location in case of emergencies or for ...  >>MORE

TRA releases aeDA data on UAE registrar market share

Posted on 02/12/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has released the .ae Domain Administration's (aeDA) data on the UAE's registrar market share, unveiling the .ae domain name registration for the period between January and August. Through this step, the TRA aims to encourage local businesses to optimise the use of national domain names, which are currently witnessing the highest registration rate among top level domain names in the Middle East and North Africa with a record 124,000 .ae ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches Business Quick Start

Posted on 25/11/2014

Etisalat announced yesterday the launch of "Business Quick Start" – the first in a series of Etisalat's integrated "Business in a Box" solution that offers SMBs high-speed fixed broadband Internet, free voice minutes and a free smart device on a single, converged bill. For as low as Dh900 per month, customers get a fixed broadband Internet connection starting from 10Mbps, a fixed voice connection with 200 minutes of free usage and a free smart device of choice between a laptop, tablet or ...  >>MORE

Etisalat expresses confidence in Mobily’s recovery

Posted on 07/11/2014

The Etisalat Group is following the issues raised with the Mobily accounts, which were reflected in the company's Q3 financial results announced earlier this week. In a statement Thursday, Etisalat Group said that it understood that the Mobily Board/audit committee has commenced a thorough review of the matter and is discussing with them further actions that might be taken. In the statement, Etisalat Group said that it supports the steps taken by the Mobily Board of Directors and has full ...  >>MORE

UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait elected to the International Telecommunication Union /ITU/ Council

Posted on 06/11/2014

The South Asia–Middle East–North Africa regions, SAMENA, Telecommunications Council, yesterday announced that 10 countries from the SAMENA region, were elected to the ITU Council, the governing body of the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs). The ITU Council elections were held during the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14), which is taking place in Busan, South Korea until 7th November. ...  >>MORE

Etisalat introduces first Digital Index for U.A.E. businesses

Posted on 05/11/2014

Etisalat U.A.E. has collaborated with Accenture, a multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company headquartered in Dublin, to introduce the first Digital Index in the U.A.E. aimed at providing businesses and government entities with an opportunity to have their digital maturity ranked and to understand how they can improve this ranking to increase their competitive advantage and drive growth. The U.A.E. Digital Index will focus on four areas: organisation and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat bags Best Customer Care award

Posted on 02/11/2014

Etisalat was awarded the renowned TeknoTel Award for 'Best Customer Care 2014' during a ceremony held in Dubai, recently. The honour recognises Etisalat's achievements in improving overall customer experience by instituting advanced training programmes, electronic services and technologies dedicated to customer satisfaction. On winning the award, Tony Eid, CEO of Trace Media said, "Etisalat came out tops amidst stiff competition to win this award for its excellence in customer care. Through ...  >>MORE

ITU approves Arab League work paper submitted by U.A.E.

Posted on 31/10/2014

The U.A.E. Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, delegation representing the Arab League at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014, held in Busan, Korea over the past three weeks, announced yesterday that the ITU has approved a work paper submitted by the U.A.E. on behalf of Arab League. The paper was based on a U.A.E. suggestion to support youth innovations in ICT. In addition, discussions were held on the new work papers and amendments on existing papers presented to the ITU ...  >>MORE

Etisalat continues to achieve strong financial results

Posted on 30/10/2014

Etisalat announced yesterday its consolidated financial results for the third quarter of 2014, showing an increase in year-on-year consolidated revenues and subscribers in both the U.A.E. and its international markets. The company's consolidated net profit after Federal Royalty increased by 22 percent year-on-year to Dh2.2billion in Q3 2014, while quarterly consolidated revenue amounted to Dh13.2 billion, an increase of 38 percent year-on-year. In the U.A.E., the revenues of Dh6.8 billion for ...  >>MORE

d3 and du join forces to provide WiFi U.A.E., networked by du, across Smart City greenfield site

Posted on 30/10/2014

Dubai Design District, D3, yesterday announced a strategic partnership with du - the Official WiFi provider of Dubai Smart City, to provide WiFi services across the D3 area. The provision of WiFi at D3 is amongst the first few instances of an entire area in Dubai that has been enabled with full internet access, helping to pave the way for the Emirate to become a truly Smart City. Earlier this year, Dubai's Smart City initiative was launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of ...  >>MORE

U.A.E. wins memberships of the ITU Council and Radio Regulation Board

Posted on 29/10/2014

BUSAN, KOREA: The United Arab Emirates has won membership of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Council for the third time in a row. The elections, held yesterday, witnessed strong competition from 18 countries on 13 memberships reserved for the Asia region out of 48 memberships constituting the ITU Council. Nasser bin Hammad, Senior Manager of International Affairs at the Telecommunication Regulation Authority, TRA, also won membership of the ITU Radio Regulations Board, one of ...  >>MORE

Du Q3 2014 year-on-year revenues exceed Dh 3 billion

Posted on 29/10/2014

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC ("du") yesterday announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2014 continuing the trend of robust growth in revenues and solid performance on all main indicators. Key drivers behind du's solid performance include 36% growth in fixed revenue from Q3 2013 as well as 9% year-on-year growth in Mobile revenue. du continues to deliver world class customer service, shareholder value and contribute to the growth of the U.A.E.'s economy. ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches Smart Home Solutions in U.A.E. powered by WeMo from Belkin

Posted on 28/10/2014

Etisalat announced yesterday that it is teaming up with Belkin to introduce WeMo smart home automation solutions to customers in the U.A.E., ahead of its worldwide launch. The WeMo wireless solution, Belkin's award-winning home automation ecosystem and the leader in delivering customisable smart home experiences, will enable customers to manage their home appliances and lighting, monitor their home on cameras and measure energy consumption through their smart devices from anywhere in the ...  >>MORE

Emirati boy Adeeb Al Balushi addresses 3,000 delegates at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference

Posted on 24/10/2014

BUSAN, KOREA: Adeeb Al Balushi, the 10-year-old Emirati boy who accompanied the delegation of the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) to the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan to convey the message of all young Emiratis to the rest of the world, addressed international delegates assembled from all over the world on the second day of the conference yesterday. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director-General of the TRA, abbreviated his speech marking the 150th anniversary of the founding ...  >>MORE

ITU Secretary-General praises UAE for continuing support of union

Posted on 24/10/2014

BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA: Houlin Zhao, the newly-elected Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union, ITU, yesterday praised the U.A.E. for its continued support of the union, noting that the world is looking forward to the next ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which will be held in the U.A.E. in 2018. In his first press statement since his election, Zhao stressed the importance of continuing the spirit of global action to strengthen the role of the information and communication ...  >>MORE

Masdar, Etisalat sign agreement on collaboration on renewable energy, efficiency solutions

Posted on 19/10/2014

Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, will collaborate with Etisalat, U.A.E.'s telecom telecoms major, to help it integrate sustainable, energy solutions into its operations, according to a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on the sidelines of GITEX Technology Week 2014. The MoU, which was signed by Ahmad Belhoul, CEO of Masdar, and Saleh Al Abdooli, CEO of Etisalat, outlines key areas of collaboration, including the identification and analysis of renewable energy ...  >>MORE

Microsoft, Etisalat sign global framework agreement

Posted on 16/10/2014

Global software giant Microsoft and U.A.E.'s telecom major Etisalat have signed a global framework agreement to enable the telco's operations across 15 countries to leverage the power of the Microsoft platform; enhancing productivity and driving operational excellence based on a "Mobile First, Cloud First" strategy. With operations across 3 continents, the agreement will enable Etisalat to leverage the unique offering of Office 365 to provide enterprise grade social networking and ...  >>MORE

TRA unveils Mobile App at GITEX Technology Week 2014

Posted on 15/10/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced yesterday the launch of its inaugural mobile application during GITEX Technology Week. The U.A.E.TRA App was designed to simplify multiple communication processes by providing users with assistance at their fingertips. The mobile application was developed to offer solutions in several areas of user concern. With seven segments being covered, services include device verification, report SMS marketing, signal coverage and much more. ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches new Tier III Data Centre in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/10/2014

Etisalat announced yesterday the launch of its new Tier III Data Centre in Abu Dhabi that will meet the region's rapidly growing demand for advanced data and managed services, and will leverage the U.A.E.'s strategic position as a dynamic business hub connecting the East to the West. The new data centre has received Uptime Institute Tier III Certification, which is testament of superior design and high availability. The Uptime data centre tier standards are a standardised methodology are used ...  >>MORE

U.A.E., Belarus host coordination meeting on satellite networks

Posted on 08/10/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, hosted a Satellite Frequency Coordination meeting for officials from the U.A.E. and Belarus to discuss techniques to resolve interference between their respective satellite networks. Through an agreement between the U.A.E. and Belarus administrations, it was decided that frequency requirements of the satellite networks needed coordination. Concerned representatives from Al Yah Satellite Communications (Yahsat) and Thuraya Telecommunications ...  >>MORE

Etisalat crowned Middle East's ‘Best Operator’

Posted on 07/10/2014

Etisalat was recognised ‘Best Operator' at the Telecom World Middle East Awards ceremony, recently held in Dubai on the side lines of the Telecom World Middle East event. The award marks Etisalat's landslide success as the region's leading telecom operator with a robust overall performance in 2014. It recognises Etisalat's unparalleled achievements and growth in the U.A.E., its string of innovative commercial propositions and a growing customer base, both individuals and businesses, which ...  >>MORE

TRA highlights details of U.A.E. participation in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in South Korea

Posted on 01/10/2014

The TRA, at a press conference yesterday, highlighted the details concerning the U.A.E.'s involvement and nomination for the membership of the International Telecommunication Union Council, and the Radio Regulations Council. The press conference, which took place at the TRA headquarters, comes within the framework of a series of extensive preparations undertaken by the TRA for the U.A.E. to participate in the advanced International Plenipotentiary Conference, which will be held in South Korea, ...  >>MORE

TRA clamps down on counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets

Posted on 01/10/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has issued a series of advisory instructions in relation to counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets in the United Arab Emirates. In an official statement issued yesterday, the regulatory body said, "In cooperation with concerned parties, the U.A.E. TRA has conducted an official investigation into reports of illegal and counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets on sale in the U.A.E.. As a result of the investigation, a series of counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets have ...  >>MORE

Etisalat U.A.E. and MTS Russia to peer their roaming hubs

Posted on 30/09/2014

Etisalat yesterday announced an agreement to 'peer' with Russian mobile operator, Mobile Tele Systems (MTS) enabling each to widen their roaming service portfolio and reach. Etisalat will provide access to MTS for regional roaming in the Middle East and Africa, while MTS will extend Etisalat's reach across their Eurasian footprint. "The launch of our Smart Roaming Hub ushers in a new era of seamless inter-operator roaming capabilities. We are delighted to be working with MTS, a long term ...  >>MORE

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


Telecommunications Regulatory Authority launches updated edition of its smart application


Etisalat Group nominated for five prestigious GSMA Global Mobile Awards


Etisalat completes sale of its French-speaking West African operations to Maroc Telecom


Etisalat launches Emerald plan for UAE’s business elite


President issues Emiri Decree appointing Hamad Al Mansoori as TRA Director-General


Etisalat launches 4G LTE and eLife services over VSAT technology


Du eyes bigger slice of social media


Middle East’s first terminal innovation lab in UAE goes live


Etisalat spends Dh2.5bn on 4G


TRA reveals data for third quarter of 2014 on UAE market share of mobile handsets, smartphones and social networking sites


TRA publishes its YouTube White Paper


TRA launches the new UAEPedia website and app


UAE trumps world in Net penetration


UAE among top 5 Arab States recording in ICT development Index


UAE has 76.47% smartphone users in Q3


Etisalat introduces exclusive dual touch-screen YotaPhone 2


Etisalat launches data package for new Hemayati mobile app for child safety


TRA releases aeDA data on UAE registrar market share


Etisalat launches Business Quick Start


Etisalat expresses confidence in Mobily’s recovery


UAE, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait elected to the International Telecommunication Union /ITU/ Council


Etisalat introduces first Digital Index for U.A.E. businesses


Etisalat bags Best Customer Care award


ITU approves Arab League work paper submitted by U.A.E.


Etisalat continues to achieve strong financial results


d3 and du join forces to provide WiFi U.A.E., networked by du, across Smart City greenfield site


U.A.E. wins memberships of the ITU Council and Radio Regulation Board


Du Q3 2014 year-on-year revenues exceed Dh 3 billion


Etisalat launches Smart Home Solutions in U.A.E. powered by WeMo from Belkin


Emirati boy Adeeb Al Balushi addresses 3,000 delegates at the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference


ITU Secretary-General praises UAE for continuing support of union


Masdar, Etisalat sign agreement on collaboration on renewable energy, efficiency solutions


Microsoft, Etisalat sign global framework agreement


TRA unveils Mobile App at GITEX Technology Week 2014


Etisalat launches new Tier III Data Centre in Abu Dhabi


U.A.E., Belarus host coordination meeting on satellite networks


Etisalat crowned Middle East's ‘Best Operator’


TRA highlights details of U.A.E. participation in ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in South Korea


TRA clamps down on counterfeit iPhone 6 handsets


Etisalat U.A.E. and MTS Russia to peer their roaming hubs