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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

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

UAE moves up in World Economic Forum's 2014 Network Readiness rankings

Posted on 22/05/2014

UAE has moved up in the latest global rankings of information and communication technology competitiveness (ICT) by the World Economic Forum (WEF), strengthening its position as one of the most techno-savvy countries in the world, with the momentum fuelled by a strong government ICT vision enabling UAE to become world's 24th most "networked ready" nation, moving up from the 25th place a year ago. "UAE government has been relentless in its pursuit of technological excellence, as is clearly ...  >>MORE

UAE’s Etisalat wins 'Deal of the Year' award at TMT Finance Awards

Posted on 20/05/2014

UAE's leading telecoms operator Etisalat Group has scooped two awards at the prestigious TMT Finance MENA Awards 2014 in Dubai. Etisalat's recent acquisition of Maroc Telecom won 'Deal of the Year', while its GPON technology rollout partnership with Huawei and its Fibre to the Home (FTTH) initiatives were singled out in the 'Innovation' category. Etisalat, one of the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Vivendi's 53-percent ...  >>MORE

Etisalat offers Mobile Parking Services in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah

Posted on 19/05/2014

Etisalat yesterday announced that its mobile payment solutions for parking services are now functional in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. Sharjah is the third emirate to benefit from the Mobile Parking facility with the aim to launch the service across UAE The service is part of Etisalat's continuous efforts to support all ‘smart government' initiatives in UAE The mobile parking usage process is been simplified in coordination with the Service Providers to address the increasing demand on the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches world’s first dual-screen smartphone

Posted on 16/05/2014

Etisalat yesterday announced the exclusive UAE launch and addition of the world's first dual-screen ‘YotaPhone' handset to its diverse range of smartphones, available to customers on competitive prepaid and post-paid plans. The revolutionary device has been made available across all Etisalat business centres and key retail outlets in the UAE. Also see: 5 exciting features of YotaPhone, the dual-screen smartphone The innovative new phone has a liquid crystal display (LCD) on one side and an ...  >>MORE

Etisalat buys 53% of Maroc for US$5.46b

Posted on 15/05/2014

DUBAI/RABAT: Vivendi, a leading French company in content and media, announced on Wednesday that it sold its 53 per cent stake in the Moroccan telecom operator Maroc Telecom to Etisalat. The final sale price, in accordance with November 2013 agreements, amounted to 4.138 billion euros (US$5.46 billion) after price adjustments, said Vivendi in a statement published in Rabat. The Maroc Telecom sale is part of the Vivendi group's strategy to refocus and develop its media and content businesses. ...  >>MORE

Etisalat expects to close acquisition of Vivendi's 53% shareholding in Maroc Telecom by next week

Posted on 09/05/2014

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) announced yesterday that it expects the closing of the acquisition of Vivendi's 53% shareholding in Itissalat Al Maghrib (Maroc Telecom) to be completed on 14th May 2014. Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen Etisalat become one of the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly expanding across Asia and Africa, the telecommunications services provider said. "Its UAE operations, strategically located at the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat and Maroc Telecom sign share purchase agreement

Posted on 06/05/2014

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, Etisalat, have signed a Share Purchase Agreement for the sale of Etisalat's shareholdings in its operations in Benin, the Central African Republic, Gabon, the Ivory Coast, Niger and Togo to Atlantique Telecom SA, Etisalat International Benin Limited, Itissalat Al Maghrib and Maroc Telecom. These operations provide both mobile voice and data services and operate under the Moov brand. The Share Purchase Agreement also includes Prestige Telecom, ...  >>MORE

UAE to have 100% household broadband Internet penetration

Posted on 01/05/2014

The UAE is all set to be the first country in the world to have 100 per cent household broadband Internet penetration, a top official of Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) said, citing industry experts. "Referring to the many statistical reports circling the industry also underlines the UAE's strong performance in the ICT arena. As 2013 drew to a close, the UAE witnessed a 30 per cent increase in broadband subscriptions from January 2011 to November 2013 and TRA's latest sector statistics ...  >>MORE

Du Q1 profit rises 4.8% to Dh490m

Posted on 01/05/2014

Du, one of the UAE's two telecom operators, reported a 4.8 per cent rise in Q1 net profits on Thursday, beating analysts' estimates as it reduced capital expenditure and revenue rose. The firm, which ended rival Etisalat's domestic monopoly in 2007, made a net profit of Dh490.3 million ($133.5 million) in the three months to March 31, up from Dh467.9 million in the year-earlier period, according to a bourse statement. Analysts polled by Reuters on average forecast du would make a quarterly ...  >>MORE

Etisalat sigs EUR 3.15 billion facilities agreement with seventeen banks

Posted on 29/04/2014

Etisalat announced yesterday the signing of a multi-currency club deal of EUR 3.15 billion with a group of seventeen international, regional and local banks. The purpose of the financing is to fund the acquisition of the Vivendi's 53% stake in Maroc Telecom. "Financing consists of two facilities which can be utilised in EUR and/or US$. Tranche A is a twelve months bridging loan amounting to EUR 2.1 billion at a price of EURIBOR plus 45 basis points for the first six months increasing by 15 ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces strong results for Q1 2014

Posted on 28/04/2014

Etisalat Group yesterday announced its consolidated financial statements for the three months ending 31st March 2014. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat, commented: "We achieved strong financial results in the first quarter of 2014, building on our strong performance in 2013. Our focus on innovative products and services that change the way people live their lives further supported customer retention while at the same time attracting new subscribers to our brand." ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches shared data plans for business customers for first time in UAE

Posted on 20/04/2014

Etisalat, the UAE's leading telecom services provider, has launched new shared mobile data plans for multiple users, for the first time in the region. Business DataShare allows businesses to access mobile data over range of devices including smartphones, tablets and laptops. Businesses can enjoy freedom from individual employee subscriptions and choose from smaller data packs such as 5GB and as their business grows, the size of data packs can go up to 30GB per month. Business DataShare ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group transforms mobile banking service in Nigeria, launches innovative smartphone app

Posted on 17/04/2014

Leading mobile telecommunications provider, Etisalat Group, through its subsidiary in Nigeria, announced the launch of a new and comprehensive smartphone app that will enable customers to access their mobile money services faster and with more ease. The introduction of the innovative app expands the company's award-winning mobile banking offerings to customers. The app is available for free download from various online app stores. Since September 2012, Etisalat has partnered with leading ...  >>MORE

Make UAE world tech winner: Click here to vote http://wsis.ae/en/ UAE is participating in 10 of the 18 categories for the WSIS Project Prizes 2014. 3 days to deadline

Posted on 15/04/2014

Have you cast your vote for the UAE projects participating in the World Summit in the Information Society (WSIS) competition? If not it's not too late to do so. The UAE is participating in 10 of the 18 categories for the WSIS Project Prizes 2014. Last year two projects from Saudi Arabia won the top two positions. Your vote can help UAE reach there, as well. WSIS - a UN initiative - is part of the drive to bridge the global digital divide between the technological haves and have-nots. Among ...  >>MORE

Etisalat launches new post-paid plans tailored towards Emiratis and residents

Posted on 13/04/2014

Etisalat, the UAE's telecommunication services provider, yesterday announced two new 12-month post-paid mobile plans, which include three months free unlimited calls to one chosen Etisalat number. Both plans cost Dh250 and come with 10GB data allowance and users can choose between either 1000 local minutes or 300 flexible minutes, which can be used for local, international and incoming roaming calls. The plans can also be customised with up to seven savings packs, costing Dh50 each per ...  >>MORE

Dubai Action Plan sets ICT agenda up to 2018

Posted on 11/04/2014

The ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-14) on Thursday adopted the landmark "Dubai Action Plan” that sets the agenda for telecommunication and ICT development over the next four years. The Dubai Declaration states that universal and affordable access to telecommunications and information and communication technologies is essential for the world's economic, social and cultural development, and contributes to building a global economy and information society. "Widespread ...  >>MORE

TRA outlines key priorities for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector

Posted on 04/04/2014

Throughout the World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014 (WTDC 2014), participating ITU Member States have delivered national policy statements outlining the key priorities for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D). Majed Almesmar, TRA Deputy Director-General for the Telecommunication Sector, delivered the official UAE policy statement and outlined a number of strategic priorities for ITU-D over the next four years. The statement included a range of topics including ...  >>MORE

Etisalat unveils first of its kind surveillance solution for businesses

Posted on 03/04/2014

Etisalat, the UAE's telecommunication services provider, has yesterday launched its new Smart Security and Surveillance solution, the first of its kind in the UAE, which protects customers from theft, vandalism, accidents and unauthorised entry. The telecom major has partnered with LG Electronics, to provide customers with a fully-hosted end to end IP-based solution offering security features such as live on-site video streaming, centralised video archiving, remote video playback, alarm relay ...  >>MORE

Etisalat deploys 300 Mbps LTE advanced technology for first time in region

Posted on 02/04/2014

Etisalat, the leading telecom operator in UAE, has tested and deployed the futuristic LTE Advanced technology (LTE-A) for the first time in the region. The telecom major is also the first to partner with Alcatel Lucent to use the technology globally on 1800 MHz and 800 MHz bands. LTE Advanced technology is built on the Carrier Aggregation technique, which is the next step in the evolution of high-speed mobile broadband services, allowing operators to make the most of their existing spectrum ...  >>MORE

Etisalat upgrades customers from 2G to 3G with UAE’s first smartphone for Dh299

Posted on 30/03/2014

Etisalat is now upgrading its customers from 2G to 3G service with the launch of the first UAE smartphone for Dh299 (about $81) with free monthly 100MB data capacity for 6 months. This latest offer from the incumbent telephone company will enable both post-paid and prepaid etisalat customers to trade in and upgrade from their old-and-slow 2G handsets to try the latest 3G technology connecting their emails, social networking sites and news through mobile broadband internet. It is seen as a key ...  >>MORE

du Annual General Meeting approves second dividend of Dh0.19 per share

Posted on 27/03/2014

The Board of Directors of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du) in their Annual General Meeting has approved all agenda points including authorisation of the second half dividend of Dh0.19 per share. Commenting on the Company's performance, du's Chairman Ahmad Bin Byat said, "We are proud to report another year of strong performance. For the seventh year running, we recorded robust fundamentals due to our dedication to creating shareholder value and delighting our customers. ...  >>MORE

10 Emirati projects reach second phase of WSIS Project Prizes 2014

Posted on 26/03/2014

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) has urged members of public to vote for the shortlisted projects from the U.A.E. who have made it through to the nomination phase of the International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) WSIS Project Prizes 2014. A total of ten Emirati projects have been shortlisted and the deadline to submit nominations is April 18th, 2014. "As the authority responsible for coordinating national procedure for WSIS Projects Prizes, we encouraged all institutions, ...  >>MORE

Etisalat partners with Samsung to launch KNOX for Business Customers

Posted on 24/03/2014

Etisalat, UAE's leading telecom provider, yesterday announced its partnership with Samsung to launch its KNOX solution for the first time in the region for its business mobile customers enabling them to separate work and personal data helping enterprises to manage and secure the device and data at the same time. The growth of enterprise mobility, driven by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, has recently fostered a rapid shift in the enterprise mobility marketplace. While BYOD encourages ...  >>MORE

Etisalat unveils cloud digital signage solution for businesses

Posted on 17/03/2014

Etisalat has yesterday announced the launch of its Cloud Digital Signage Solution, designed to address the advertising and promotional needs of business customers from large enterprises to SMBs. The telecom major has partnered with LG Electronics to provide state-of-the-art digital signage, a method of relaying interactive audio and visual content to a display. By utilising cloud technology, customers can quickly and efficiently deliver multimedia content via a reliable, scalable network and ...  >>MORE

Etisalat 2013 revenues up 18%

Posted on 05/03/2014

Emirates Telecommunication Corporation's net profit after federal royalty grew five per cent to Dh7.1 billion in 2013. Full-year consolidated revenue of the company known as etisalat rose 18 per cent year-on-year to Dh38.9 billion driven by strong performance of domestic operations and the consolidation of its Pakistan operations. Consolidated revenue growth during the fourth quarter of 2013 was Dh9.8 billion, representing an increase of 15 per cent in comparison to the same period last year. ...  >>MORE

UAE announced as official hosts of ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014

Posted on 03/03/2014

The United Arab Emirates, represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, has been selected, with the consent of all ITU member states, to host the sixth International Telecommunication Union, ITU, World Telecommunication Development Conference, 2014 (WTDC). The event, which is held once every four years, will take place in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre, from 30th March to 10th April 2014. The UAE has been selected to host ...  >>MORE

Etisalat partners with Bharti Airtel expand network infrastructure

Posted on 03/03/2014

Etisalat, one of the leading telecom operators in the Middle East '&' Africa and Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, yesterday announced that they have entered into a partnership to set up a multi-service regional network infrastructure node in Etisalat's SmartHub facility in the region. The all new multi-service regional network infrastructure node includes Airtel's MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) services ...  >>MORE

Etisalat sign deal to develop 5G

Posted on 01/03/2014

Laying the foundation for the next generation of super-speed connectivity, Etisalat Group, a leading telecoms operator in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and Huawei—a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider—have announced yesterday the signing of a new agreement that will see the two companies deepen their cooperation in pioneering telecom broadband services over the next five years across the region. A joint team will be set up to conduct the trial ...  >>MORE

Etisalat steps up bid to empower UAE Businesses with Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Posted on 01/03/2014

Barcelona: Etisalat yesterday announced it has partnered with SAP, an enterprise application software provider company, to deliver a comprehensive range of enterprise mobility services and solutions to businesses of all sizes in the UAE. Under the partnership, which was announced during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Etisalat will build and offer cloud-based and on-premise mobility management solutions, based on a robust mobility platform from SAP. Such solutions offer companies a lower ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Group and Huawei to boost region's fibre connectivity by trialing 40Gbps GPON Technology

Posted on 28/02/2014

Laying the foundation for the next generation of super-speed connectivity, Etisalat Group, Asia and Africa and Huawei, an information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider have announced yesterday the signing of a new agreement that will see the two companies - for the first time in the region - working together to trial ultra-fast 40Gbps GPON Technology across Etisalat Group footprint in the coming four years. Etisalat Group and Huawei outlined the roadmap for trialing a ...  >>MORE

Etisalat empowers women in Cote d'Ivoire

Posted on 24/02/2014

After its successful launch in both Benin and Togo, Etisalat Group has launched the initiative, known as "WEENA" through its MOOV subsidiary in Cote d'Ivoire. This initiative encourages entrepreneurship and financial autonomy for women in rural African Communities. It is spreading the benefits of mobile technology, raising standards of living and encouraging their activities all at the same time. In Cote d'Ivoire, the women living in rural areas play an important role in systems of ...  >>MORE

TRA reports high subscriber demand for Mobile Number Portability Service

Posted on 21/02/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, reported yesterday that 61,000 mobile number porting requests were received by both licensees (Etisalat/du) since the official launch of the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service in December 2013. "The launch of the Mobile Number Portability service falls in line with the wider TRA strategy aimed at promoting strong competition between the country's two mobile services providers. This move will enhance the quality of services offered to ...  >>MORE

du call centre hires 44 Emiratis

Posted on 07/02/2014

In another step to reflect its commitment to the vision of the UAE leadership for nationalisation, du announced the appointment of 44 Emiratis to positions in its Fujairah Call Centre on the sidelines of Tawdheef 2014, where du was a participant. Of the 44 appointed Emiratis, 41 employees were women, pushing up the centre's female staff population to 91 per cent. To date, there are 102 Emiratis employed at the call centre. – The Gulf Today ...  >>MORE

Etisalat nominated in 3 categories at prestigious GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014

Posted on 03/02/2014

Etisalat Group has been nominated for three GSMA Global Mobile Awards this year for advanced and world-class services offered across the Middle East, Africa and Asia markets. In 2013, Etisalat commercially rolled out a fully interoperable, industrial grade, open-loop commerce ecosystem, "Flous", across the majority of its operations. The scope of the service includes payments (merchants, utility, transportation), transfers (domestic and International), bank accounts/payment cards management, ...  >>MORE

Du celebrates growth of sales network and retail outlets in booming 2013

Posted on 01/02/2014

Du recently held two ceremonies to mark a successful 2013, which saw du's point of sales (PoS) network grow to more than 10,000 outlets, and the company's retail reach to 51 du Shops. During the events, du thanked its strategic partners for the exceptional cooperation and support offered since the company launched its operations in 2007. The first event was hosted by Osman Sultan, CEO of du, where he received CEOs of sales partners and expressed appreciation and discussed future plans. The ...  >>MORE

Etisalat, 16 industry leaders build global submarine cable

Posted on 31/01/2014

Etisalat on Thursday announced its strategic investment along with 16 leading global service providers to construct ‘Asia Africa Europe-1' (AAE-1) one of the largest global submarine cable systems. A massive undertaking, the AAE-1 submarine cable spans 25,000 kms, connecting Hong Kong to Singapore, the Middle East, Africa and Europe with a design capacity of 40 terabits. Ali Amiri, executive vice-president, Carrier and Wholesale Services, Etisalat said: "Today's announcement is in line with ...  >>MORE

Etisalat empowers women in rural Africa

Posted on 30/01/2014

Etisalat Group has launched an initiative through its Moov subsidiaries in Benin and Togo to encourage entrepreneurship and financial autonomy for women in rural African communities. "This initiative is spreading the benefits of mobile technology, raising standards of living and encouraging commerce all at the same time," said Essa Al Haddad, Chief Regional Officer Africa, Etisalat Group. "By creating innovative products and services and delivering them in original ways, Etisalat is ...  >>MORE

TRA launches verification campaign for all Official UAE Government Entities' Twitter Accounts

Posted on 29/01/2014

In line with its ongoing efforts to provide authenticated and reliable sources of news and information to the public and in turn, guarantee the legitimacy of online government entity accounts, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the launch of the new campaign designed to verify the official Twitter accounts of all UAE Government entities. "We recognise the importance of social media and its increasing role in the instantaneous provision of news and information to ...  >>MORE

TRA launches the first Regional m-Government Applications Lab

Posted on 27/01/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced the launch of the first m-Government Lab in the Arab region dedicated to verifying the quality and security of m-Government applications. The Lab will also test whether applications submitted comply with international standards and best practice. This innovative initiative comes as part of the wider national effort to shift towards smart government in line with the vision of Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His ...  >>MORE

TRA establishes first Federal Electronic Network

Posted on 23/01/2014

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has divulged information about the progress made in establishing the first ever Electronic Federal Network (FedNET) in the United Arab Emirates. FedNET will provide high speed connectivity and integration between the various e-Government systems of UAE government departments. The network will connect all federal institutions in a way that raises efficiency and reduces costs. It will also help achieve a faster transition to smart government. ...  >>MORE

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


UAE moves up in World Economic Forum's 2014 Network Readiness rankings


UAE’s Etisalat wins 'Deal of the Year' award at TMT Finance Awards


Etisalat offers Mobile Parking Services in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah


Etisalat launches world’s first dual-screen smartphone


Etisalat buys 53% of Maroc for US$5.46b


Etisalat expects to close acquisition of Vivendi's 53% shareholding in Maroc Telecom by next week


Etisalat and Maroc Telecom sign share purchase agreement


UAE to have 100% household broadband Internet penetration


Du Q1 profit rises 4.8% to Dh490m


Etisalat sigs EUR 3.15 billion facilities agreement with seventeen banks


Etisalat announces strong results for Q1 2014


Etisalat launches shared data plans for business customers for first time in UAE


Etisalat Group transforms mobile banking service in Nigeria, launches innovative smartphone app


Make UAE world tech winner: Click here to vote http://wsis.ae/en/ UAE is participating in 10 of the 18 categories for the WSIS Project Prizes 2014. 3 days to deadline


Etisalat launches new post-paid plans tailored towards Emiratis and residents


Dubai Action Plan sets ICT agenda up to 2018


TRA outlines key priorities for the ITU Telecommunication Development Sector


Etisalat unveils first of its kind surveillance solution for businesses


Etisalat deploys 300 Mbps LTE advanced technology for first time in region


Etisalat upgrades customers from 2G to 3G with UAE’s first smartphone for Dh299


du Annual General Meeting approves second dividend of Dh0.19 per share


10 Emirati projects reach second phase of WSIS Project Prizes 2014


Etisalat partners with Samsung to launch KNOX for Business Customers


Etisalat unveils cloud digital signage solution for businesses


Etisalat 2013 revenues up 18%


UAE announced as official hosts of ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference 2014


Etisalat partners with Bharti Airtel expand network infrastructure


Etisalat sign deal to develop 5G


Etisalat steps up bid to empower UAE Businesses with Enterprise Mobility Solutions


Etisalat Group and Huawei to boost region's fibre connectivity by trialing 40Gbps GPON Technology


Etisalat empowers women in Cote d'Ivoire


TRA reports high subscriber demand for Mobile Number Portability Service


du call centre hires 44 Emiratis


Etisalat nominated in 3 categories at prestigious GSMA Global Mobile Awards 2014


Du celebrates growth of sales network and retail outlets in booming 2013


Etisalat, 16 industry leaders build global submarine cable


Etisalat empowers women in rural Africa


TRA launches verification campaign for all Official UAE Government Entities' Twitter Accounts


TRA launches the first Regional m-Government Applications Lab


TRA establishes first Federal Electronic Network