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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

TRA reveals more than 120,000 registrations for U.A.E. national domain

Posted on 29/09/2014

The U.A.E.'s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, yesterday announced that the number of registrations on the national .ae domain increased over the last six months, reaching 121,320. The U.A.E. ranks as first in the region for the number of registrations within the nation's respective range. This apparent increase provides hard evidence that the prevalence of Arabic e-content is rising. The significant increment points to a wider spread of Arabic content on the web, which is one of ...  >>MORE

New insurance product allows U.A.E. residents to protect their smartphones and tablets for the first time

Posted on 29/09/2014

FGB is launching a new insurance service for U.A.E. residents, which offers a year-long protection plan for their smartphones and tablets. Gadget Protect provides coverage for a range of circumstances which would not be covered by most extended warranties, such as theft and accidental damage, and will be launched during Gitex Shopper 2014. The U.A.E. is one of the world's leading countries in terms of use of smartphone and tablets, with a penetration rate of 52 percent at the end of March ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to offer new iPhones in the UAE from today

Posted on 27/09/2014

Etisalat announced that it will offer the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, in the UAE starting today. Both 16GB models of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available starting at Dh0 upfront. Etisalat will allow iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers to connect to the UAE's widest LTE network. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat’s mobile app crosses quarter million downloads

Posted on 22/09/2014

Etisalat has revealed that over a quarter million users have downloaded the company's new mobile app, Etisalat U.A.E., in just over a month. Etisalat launched the interactive self-care app to offer customers a range of smart services at their fingertips – mobile account tracking, bill payments, instant subscriptions to packages and bundles, parking payment and much more. The high number of downloads on both smartphones and tablets confirms the growing demand of mobile content and services in ...  >>MORE

TRA Launches #YESUAE Campaign

Posted on 18/09/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has formally announced the launch of the ‘#YESUAE Campaign' across the nation's most popular social networking platforms. The campaign is designed to garner wide spread national support ahead of the U.A.E.'s participation in the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2014 (PP-14) in Busan, Republic of Korea. On September 23rd, at 10 a.m. local time, the public will also have the opportunity to pose questions, using the ‘#YESUAE ' hash tag, to the TRA ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces new data plans for prepaid and post-paid customers

Posted on 17/09/2014

Etisalat announced yesterday the addition of two more pocket-friendly mobile data plans for prepaid and post-paid customers – the 3GB, and 10GB plans, offering highly tailored options to meet its customers' daily data needs. The 20GB mobile data plan, already available for post-paid customers, will now be available for subscription in prepaid. Furthermore, to reduce customers' exposure to out-of-bundle charges, Etisalat also launched three flexible Data Boosters for prepaid and post-paid ...  >>MORE

Etisalat upgrades broadband speeds for business customers at no extra cost

Posted on 14/09/2014

Etisalat's business customers in the U.A.E. are in for a major upgrade as Etisalat boosts broadband speeds by up to 2.5 times for free. Etisalat will double the speeds of its existing business customers starting today, at no additional charge. As an example, business customers subscribed to 4MBps speed will be automatically upgraded, free of charge, to 10MBps broadband speeds. Customers subscribed to other business packages will also experience a speed boost with varying levels of speed. New ...  >>MORE

TRA leads discussion to ensure service access for people with special needs

Posted on 08/09/2014

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority, TRA, has begun consulting partners and the public regarding special instructions by accredited U.A.E. service providers. The move comes as the TRA seeks to ensure active and effective participation by the telecommunications sector in the essential provision of services to those with special needs. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, Director-General of TRA, said, "Paying attention to this important segment in our society is considered one of the standards of ...  >>MORE

TRA issues statement about Viber

Posted on 04/09/2014

External VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) service providers such as Viber are not yet licensed to operate in the U.A.E., the country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has said. In a brief statement on Wednesday, the regulator said: "We have recently seen local newspapers and social networks publishing news with regards to the "Viber" service being blocked in the U.A.E. "We would like to clarify that the service was never licensed in the U.A.E. Moreover, the VoIP regulatory ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to present Smart Services at GITEX Technology Week 2014

Posted on 02/09/2014

Etisalat has announced its participation in the upcoming GITEX Technology Week 2014, starting from October 12-16 at Dubai World Trade Centre. Etisalat's presence at GITEX 2014, the most widely recognised ICT trade event across the Middle East, is part of company's efforts to showcase the unlimited possibilities of a highly connected future and cities of tomorrow, driven by its smart apps and solutions. "Etisalat's participation will be dotted with announcements of new partnerships forged with ...  >>MORE

RTA opens new Dubai Ferry line to boost tourist marine transport

Posted on 30/08/2014

The Public Transport Agency, Roads and Transport Authority, is launching on Monday, Sept. 1st, a new Dubai Ferry line from the Marina Mall to Al Ghubaiba Station and vice versa in an effort to enhance the tourist marine transport sector in the Emirate of Dubai, offer new and multiple options for individuals and families spanning various spectrums of the community, and attract new riders to the Dubai Ferry. Hussain Khansaheb, Director of Marine Transport, Public Transport Agency, announced that ...  >>MORE

du to expand 4G LTE network for better connectivity

Posted on 28/08/2014

Du said that it will expand its 4G LTE network by 25 per cent by the end of the year, in a move that would enable faster connectivity and downloads. "Our internal analysis and monitoring of data usage patterns on our network has shown very healthy growth, in line with global trends,” said Saleem Al Beloushi, Executive Vice-President, Network Development and Operations, du. Globally, mobile data traffic in Q1 2014 exceeded the total mobile data traffic of 2011, according to Ericsson's latest ...  >>MORE

Etisalat introduces Global Data Plan; U.A.E. first to combine local and roaming mobile data in one pack

Posted on 24/08/2014

Etisalat launched yesterday a new ‘Global Data Plan' that offers post-paid mobile customers the convenience of local data, roaming data and unlimited Wi-Fi in a single package. The new plan is the first of its kind in the U.A.E.. It offers a pocket-friendly alternative to different data packages that customers need to buy every time they travel. It includes 10 GB data for local use, 1 GB of roaming data, unlimited local WiFi and unlimited roaming eWiFi for only Dh500 per month. 1 GB roaming ...  >>MORE

Etisalat recognised as ‘Best Employer Brand’ in 2014

Posted on 18/08/2014

Etisalat has been awarded the Best Employer Brand of 2014 at 5th Asia Best Employer Brand Awards, hosted by Employer Branding Institute, World HRD Congress and Stars of the Industry Group. The award recognised Etisalat as a leader in attracting and retaining top national and global talent. Commenting on the award, Phil Knight, Global Chairman, Employer Branding Institute, said, "Etisalat is a preferred employer and an employer of choice. The company's prudent and sound HR policies are relevant ...  >>MORE

TRA publishes fifth Annual Sector Review

Posted on 08/08/2014

As part of the on-going strategy of the U.A.E. Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, to monitor and report on the trends and developments within the U.A.E. telecommunications sector, the TRA has published its fifth Annual Sector Review. The report summaries the state of the fixed, mobile, and data telecommunications markets in the U.A.E. in terms of subscribers, penetration rates, revenues, and usage during 2010 – 2013. The report also provides details on the rankings of the U.A.E. in ...  >>MORE

UAE’s 1st offline business directory takes off

Posted on 07/08/2014

As more and more people look for smart, mobile and cost-free ways of accessing and using the information, a Dubai-based company has taken the lead in making our world further smart by announcing the launch of the UAE's first offline business directory for Smart phones, without an internet connection or even a mobile network. Aboobacker A Kodath, Managing Director of the Offline Mobile Business Directory (OMBD) stated at the launching ceremony in Dubai that "Call UAE (www.call-uae.com) as an ...  >>MORE

U.A.E.'s du announces first-in-the-region VoLTE technology using full potential of 4G LTE

Posted on 05/08/2014

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, du, has announced that for the very first time in the Middle East, its customers in U.A.E. will soon be able to simultaneously access the Internet at 4G LTE speeds while making a crystal-clear voice call, made possible by Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology. Announcing the successful completion of its network's first VoLTE call, du became not only the first to install and test VoLTE on a live network in the region, but also the world's fastest – at ...  >>MORE

TRA warns public of scam calls

Posted on 04/08/2014

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) is warning all mobile phone users of scam calls from callers claiming to be an authorised national telephone service provider, underlining the fact that sharing personal information via telephone call or by e-mail, should be avoided at all cost. The majority of the calls to date seek to illegally obtain bank account and important personal information, including passwords of both email and social networking accounts, by enticing mobile users with ...  >>MORE

du finishes 800MHz trial run to improve mobile coverage

Posted on 31/07/2014

Du, the Middle East's fastest growing telecommunications service provider, on Wednesday announced successful field testing for LTE-A Carrier Aggregation between the 800MHz band and the 1800MHz band, a new mobile broadband technology that is aimed at providing greater speed and reliability to mobile subscribers across the U.A.E.. This builds on du's achievement earlier this year of the company more than doubling its LTE footprint in the U.A.E. in 2014 compared to 2012, and is yet another step ...  >>MORE

TRA issues Twitter guidelines for U.A.E. users

Posted on 28/07/2014

Twitter users should be aware of local laws when posting potentially inflammatory content, the country's telecommunications regulator has warned. Tweets must comply not only with Twitter's terms of service, but also U.A.E. laws and regulations, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) said in its "white paper” on the social network. About 360,000 users in the U.A.E. write about 2.5 million tweets each day, said the TRA, which has published reports on Facebook and other popular ...  >>MORE

du's Q2 2014 revenues exceed Dh3 billion

Posted on 25/07/2014

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC, du, yesterday announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2014, which the company said demonstrated robust growth. The company said that its revenues grew to Dh3.02 billion so far this year, a 13.7% increase against Q2 2013's Dh2.66 billion. Osman Sultan, du's Chief Executive Officer, said, "I am pleased to report another quarter of solid growth, with double digit growth across many of our key indicators and an increase in the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches region’s first Smartphone Protection Plans in partnership with AXA

Posted on 24/07/2014

Etisalat, the U.A.E.'s leading telecommunication services provider, has launched the region's first Smartphone Protection Plans, which protect handsets both within and outside the U.A.E. from theft and accidental damage. The protection plans are priced at Dh120 for a 6-month cover or Dh250 for 12 months. Users can protect their devices against accidental damage including cracked screen, forced theft, liquid damage and defects not covered under a cell phone's existing warranty. The plans have ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces 27 per cent increase in Quarterly Consolidated Revenues to Dh12.6 billion

Posted on 21/07/2014

Etisalat Group announced yesterday its consolidated financial statements results for the first six months of 2014, with an increase in consolidated revenues and subscribers both in domestic and international markets. Etisalat Group reported strong consolidated revenues during the second quarter of FY2014 reached Dh 12.6 billion representing positive results after the acquisition of Maroc Telecom earlier in May. The net profit after federal royalty for the first half was Dh 4.5 billion, an ...  >>MORE

Dubai Metro commuters enjoy complimentary WiFi from du

Posted on 16/07/2014

du has announced a complimentary WiFi connectivity for Dubai Metro commuters during the Holy Month of Ramadan. #30DaysofSharing gives the U.A.E. community the chance to do good from anywhere and everywhere. And with complimentary WiFi provided by du for all passengers on Dubai Metro this Ramadan, travellers can share their special moments while helping those in need, the company said in its release yesterday. Under the hashtag #30DaysofSharing, social media users on Twitter, Instagram and ...  >>MORE

TRA publishes white paper on Twitter usage

Posted on 14/07/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority,TRA, has launched a white paper regarding Twitter usage which comes as part of ‘The U.A.E. Social Media White Papers' collection. The series of awareness documents are designed specifically to highlight the terms and conditions of the most popular social networks in use in the U.A.E. The latest release focuses on Twitter, which has around 360,000 users in the U.A.E. who share around 2.5 million tweets per day. The laws of the U.A.E. prohibit the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group appoints 4 U.A.E. nationals to senior international roles

Posted on 10/07/2014

Etisalat Group has announced the appointment of four U.A.E. national executives to HR and Administration leadership roles in Etisalat Group operating companies in Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The executives are all Etisalat employees that have had distinguished careers and played a vital role within the corporation. Abdulaziz Al Sawaleh, Chief Human Resources Officer of Etisalat Group, said, "For an organisation to assign home-grown talent to leadership roles in international operations ...  >>MORE

Etisalat enhances its rich data-roaming portfolio with new monthly Business Traveller Packs

Posted on 08/07/2014

Etisalat have announced the launch of eight new data roaming Business Traveller Packs, allowing business customers the flexibility to choose from 30-day one-off packs to monthly recurring plans. The new plans are an extension to Etisalat's competitive business data packs which were launched last year, making the telecoms provider's portfolio of business data roaming options the widest in the country. Speaking on the announcement, John Lincoln, Senior Vice President - Small and Medium ...  >>MORE

TRA coordinates second exercise to enhance U.A.E. ICT security standards

Posted on 04/07/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority,TRA, recently coordinated the second phase of its Sada Al Barq (Echo of Light) exercise aimed at reassessing the current National Emergency Plan for the Telecoms Sector (NEP-T) in place for the U.A.E. s telecommunications sector and to update procedures to ensure maximum effectiveness in times of emergency and crisis. The exercise, which was held at its TRA's headquarters in Dubai, also focused on establishing lines of responsibility and increasing ...  >>MORE

e-government and m-government Readiness Index launched

Posted on 30/06/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has launched the e-government and m-government Readiness Index, in collaboration with the U.A.E. Prime Minister's Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs during a workshop recently held at the TRA headquarters in Dubai. Aimed at measuring the progress made in the transition to electronic government service delivery and the sophistication of the services now available in the U.A.E., the launch represents the next phase in the national project ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to open Smart stores across the U.A.E.

Posted on 29/06/2014

After successful results from its Smart store concept in Al Ain Mall, Etisalat has announced that it will open 20 more such outlets across the U.A.E.. The Etisalat Smart store was initially opened in Al Ain earlier this year, and has thus far been a major success, the telecommunications company says. It claims waiting times have been reduced by 70 per cent and there has been a 200 per cent jump in customers served. The Smart store aims to make the experience quicker and more interactive for ...  >>MORE

Etisalat’s Flous now available to subscribers in Gabon

Posted on 24/06/2014

Etisalat Group has announced the launch of its mobile phone-based commerce service Flous (money) in Gabon, marking the latest milestone in its endeavour to provide market-relevant, transformational mobile financial services across global markets. "This launch represents our most recent innovation, pushing the boundaries of mobile communications by bringing banking services to those without accounts in many of our global markets," said Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Digital Services Officer at ...  >>MORE

TRA releases "ICT in U.A.E. Business Survey 2013'

Posted on 19/06/2014

During its second media briefing, The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of the U.A.E. (TRA) released its "ICT in U.A.E.; Business Survey 2013". A business survey that focuses on business usage of ICT services in the U.A.E. with the aim to better understand business perception on their usage and demands for ICT services. A total of 1,502 businesses across the U.A.E. participated in this research and was limited to businesses with 10 or more employees. "The provision of accurate and timely ...  >>MORE

U.A.E. wins three ITU's awards at WSIS+10 High-Level Event 2014

Posted on 18/06/2014

GENEVA: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has honoured U.A.E. with the Exceptional Award in recognition and appreciation for its contributions in every aspect of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Action Lines set previously during the UN World Summit on the Information Society 2003 in Geneva which brought together world leaders and came up with 11 strategic objectives under the term "Action Lines". This came during U.A.E.'s participation with a number of ...  >>MORE

du wins Grand Prix at inaugural MENA Transform Awards

Posted on 18/06/2014

du has been awarded the Grand Prix at the inaugural Transform Awards MENA, held recently in Dubai. The Transform Awards recognise excellence in new brand creation, rebranding and ongoing brand development. The company was lauded by the jury of the London-based Awards for its commitment to, and success in, brand-building. Additionally, du won Gold in the Best Brand Evolution category. The Awards were accepted on behalf of du by Ashish Banerjee, Vice President, Brand Development, Manar Al ...  >>MORE

Etisalat successfully prices first bond issuance

Posted on 13/06/2014

Etisalat, rated Aa3 stable (Moody s), AA- Stable (S&P) and A+ stable (Fitch), successfully issued an inaugural bond under its recently established US$ 7 billion Global Medium Term Note (GMTN) Programme that was listed on the Irish Stock Exchange on 22nd May 2014. The issued bonds are denominated in US Dollars and Euros and consist of four tranches. A five year tranche of US$ 500 million with a coupon rate of 2.375 percent per annum; a seven year tranche of Euro 1,200 million with a coupon rate ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces new local call saving bundles starting from Dh 1 per day

Posted on 03/06/2014

Etisalat announced yesterday the launch of daily local calling bundles, offering Wasel prepaid customers the opportunity to make local calls at heavily discounted rates. The daily bundles come in three flavours to address the needs of both low and high usage customers: Dh 1 for 5 minutes; Dh 2 for 10 minutes, and Dh 4 for 30 minutes. The minutes can be used to call any mobile or landline number in the U.A.E. Wasel prepaid line users can choose and subscribe to their preferred bundle for free ...  >>MORE

TRA: 55,555 users successfully switch operators though Mobile Number Portability

Posted on 29/05/2014

Over 55,000 mobile numbers have been successfully transferred out of the nearly 200,000 mobile number porting requests received by telecom operators since the official launch of the Mobile Number Portability, MNP, service. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has reported that as of May 18th, 55,555 users have successfully transferred operators though the MNP service since December, 2013. According to the report, 134,222 applications were rejected, included those that were ...  >>MORE

Etisalat set for network share challenge with du

Posted on 28/05/2014

Etisalat expects to be able to share its fixed network infrastructure with competitor du by the end of this year, finally ushering in direct competition between the pair on landline and internet services. "Etisalat anticipates that the bitstream access service will be launched by the end of 2014,” the company said in a bond prospectus, referring to the technical solution that enables other operators to share its network. The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority last month said that the ...  >>MORE

UAE's Etisalat exempted from mandatory tender offering for Maroc Telecom

Posted on 25/05/2014

UAE's telecom major Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) has announced that, through its subsidiary Etisalat International North Africa (EINA), it was exempted from the mandatory tender offering in Itissalat Al-Maghrib (Maroc Telecom), listed in Casablanca and Euronext (Paris) Stock Exchanges by the Moroccan Authorities "Conseil Deontologique des Valeurs Mobilieres" (CDVM), in connection with its acquisition of a 53-percent shareholding in Maroc Telecom held by Vivendi. Etisalat ...  >>MORE

Etisalat completes listing of US$7 billion global medium term note (GMTN) programme on Irish Stock Exchange

Posted on 23/05/2014

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), the leading telecoms operator in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, has successfully completed the listing of its US$7 billion Global Medium Term Note (GMTN) Programme on the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE). Under the programme, Etisalat can issue one or more series of conventional bonds in any currency and amount up to USD 7 billion, a company press release said. The listed bond programme is being rated by three Credit Ratings Agencies with the ...  >>MORE

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


TRA reveals more than 120,000 registrations for U.A.E. national domain


New insurance product allows U.A.E. residents to protect their smartphones and tablets for the first time


Etisalat to offer new iPhones in the UAE from today


Etisalat’s mobile app crosses quarter million downloads


TRA Launches #YESUAE Campaign


Etisalat announces new data plans for prepaid and post-paid customers


Etisalat upgrades broadband speeds for business customers at no extra cost


TRA leads discussion to ensure service access for people with special needs


TRA issues statement about Viber


Etisalat to present Smart Services at GITEX Technology Week 2014


RTA opens new Dubai Ferry line to boost tourist marine transport


du to expand 4G LTE network for better connectivity


Etisalat introduces Global Data Plan; U.A.E. first to combine local and roaming mobile data in one pack


Etisalat recognised as ‘Best Employer Brand’ in 2014


TRA publishes fifth Annual Sector Review


UAE’s 1st offline business directory takes off


U.A.E.'s du announces first-in-the-region VoLTE technology using full potential of 4G LTE


TRA warns public of scam calls


du finishes 800MHz trial run to improve mobile coverage


TRA issues Twitter guidelines for U.A.E. users


du's Q2 2014 revenues exceed Dh3 billion


Etisalat launches region’s first Smartphone Protection Plans in partnership with AXA


Etisalat announces 27 per cent increase in Quarterly Consolidated Revenues to Dh12.6 billion


Dubai Metro commuters enjoy complimentary WiFi from du


TRA publishes white paper on Twitter usage


Etisalat Group appoints 4 U.A.E. nationals to senior international roles


Etisalat enhances its rich data-roaming portfolio with new monthly Business Traveller Packs


TRA coordinates second exercise to enhance U.A.E. ICT security standards


e-government and m-government Readiness Index launched


Etisalat to open Smart stores across the U.A.E.


Etisalat’s Flous now available to subscribers in Gabon


TRA releases "ICT in U.A.E. Business Survey 2013'


U.A.E. wins three ITU's awards at WSIS+10 High-Level Event 2014


du wins Grand Prix at inaugural MENA Transform Awards


Etisalat successfully prices first bond issuance


Etisalat announces new local call saving bundles starting from Dh 1 per day


TRA: 55,555 users successfully switch operators though Mobile Number Portability


Etisalat set for network share challenge with du


UAE's Etisalat exempted from mandatory tender offering for Maroc Telecom


Etisalat completes listing of US$7 billion global medium term note (GMTN) programme on Irish Stock Exchange