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INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

TRA to issue UAE ICT Business Survey

Posted on 07/10/2013

As part of its on-going work to better understand the views of business consumers of telecommunications services in the UAE, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), supported by Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, is about to conduct a survey of around 1,500 businesses. The fieldwork, to be conducted by Nielsen, commenced on Sept 29 and will involve face-to-face interviews with businesses consumers in all Emirates. Commenting on the survey, Mohamed Al Ghanim, ...  >>MORE

Etisalat grabs 'Best Middle Eastern Wholesale Carrier' Award at Telecom World ME

Posted on 04/10/2013

Etisalat, announced yesterday that it has won a prestigious industry award as "Best Middle Eastern Wholesale Carrier", for its outstanding core international network capabilities, reach, broad service portfolio, continuous commitment to quality and efficient customer service. Considered as one of the regional telecom industry's most prestigious awards, Telecom Awards ME recognises leaders in carrier and wholesale services for technology innovation, service standards and a demonstration of ...  >>MORE

GCC wide telecoms consortium to build high-bandwidth regional transmission cable system

Posted on 01/10/2013

In a major regional telecommunications development, a GCC-wide telecoms consortium has been formed to build a high-bandwidth regional transmission cable system for the region. The system, to be called the Middle East-Europe Terrestrial System (MEETS) was both conceived and co-promoted by du, Vodafone, Zain and Zajil. MEETS was announced at a press conference held yesterday in Dubai on the sidelines of the Telecoms World Middle East event. Attendees included Osman Sultan, CEO, du; Niraj ...  >>MORE

UAE has 14.9m mobile phone users

Posted on 01/10/2013

The UAE had 14.9 million mobile phone users at the end of July, more than seven times the number of landline subscribers and one of the world's highest ratios. The number of GSM subscribers slipped month-to-month by around 14,900 to 14.9 3 million at the end of July, maintaining a high penetration ratio of nearly 180 per cent for a population of about 8.2 million. Figures by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), which oversees the country's telcom sector, showed the number of ...  >>MORE

Etisalat extends talks on Maroc Telecom

Posted on 30/09/2013

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) agreed to extend talks with Vivendi SA on a planned purchase of the French company's stake in Maroc Telecom SA for (US$5.7 billion). The exclusivity period for talks to acquire the 53 per cent stake in the Moroccan phone company was extended until Oct.31, Etisalat said on Sunday in a statement to the Abu Dhabi stock exchange. The previous deadline was Sept.25. Vivendi, (VIV) bowing to investor pressure to overhaul its structure, is conducting ...  >>MORE

E-marine successfully completes challenging cable repair in Arabian Sea

Posted on 27/09/2013

E-marine, a leading provider of submarine cable installation and repair solutions in the Middle East region, has successfully completed a challenging cable repair in the Arabian Sea, despite battling with severe weather conditions, to restore service to the FLAG Europe-Asia (fibre-optic link around the world, EA) network on behalf of Reliance Globalcom Limited. The repair was carried out in water approximately 4,000 metres deep, and during recovery the damaged cable parted at the joint ...  >>MORE

Etisalat low-cost package for social app users

Posted on 23/09/2013

Etisalat on Sunday announced launch of a new Social Pack aimed specifically at smartphone users of the popular social networking applications BlackBerry Messenger, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. The new Social Pack's launch is timed to coincide with that of the new cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger application, which can be used with all Etisalat data packages. The Social Pack provides subscribers with unlimited data to all four of these apps, which allow users to stay connected with ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to highlight role of M2M in shaping UAE's future at inaugural M2M Middle East Forum 2013

Posted on 22/09/2013

"Machine-to-machine (M2M) technology will shape the future by laying the foundation for all spheres of life in the UAE," said Abdulla Hashim, Senior Vice-President of ICT, Etisalat, one of the largest telecom operators in the Middle East and Africa. Hashim's comments came ahead of the telecom major's inaugural M2M Middle East Forum 2013 that will be held in Dubai from 22-23 September. Through hosting the event, Etisalat has created the first large-scale discussion platform on ...  >>MORE

Etisalat helps cut CO2 emissions

Posted on 21/09/2013

In the past 22 months, Etisalat has helped companies eliminate more than 23,000 tonnes of unnecessary CO2 emissions solely through monitoring, streamlining and reducing energy usage through heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) at over 80 facilities in the UAE. How has the telecoms giant, a corporation more associated with mobile phones and entertainment services such as eLife, made such savings possible? The answer lies in the world of M2M (Machine-to-Machine) technology. In the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces region's first-of-its-kind business pre-paid plans

Posted on 19/09/2013

Etisalat yesterday launched its new tiered Business Pre-paid plans, which provide attractive and flexible options with competitive prices and enhanced value for business customers in the UAE. This first-of-its-kind proposition provides a comprehensive multi-levelled set of pre-paid offers for business users, with five different plans of a fixed monthly fees of Dh 50, 100, 200, 500 or 1,000. John Lincoln, Senior Vice President, Business-Marketing, Etisalat, said, "These plans reinforce our ...  >>MORE

du announces first Cyber-Security Conference

Posted on 18/09/2013

Emirates telcom giant du has announced the launch of its first Cyber-Security Conference, an event that will bring together industry leaders to discuss pertinent topics and trends affecting online security. The du Cyber-Security Conference will be held on 19th September in Dubai. Osman Sultan, CEO, will present an opening speech, followed by keynote speaker Marc Maiffret, Chief Technology Officer, BeyondTrust. Speaking throughout the day-long session are Ahmad Al Mulla, Vice President, Dubai ...  >>MORE

du's flash mob inspires crowds at Dubai Fitness Championship

Posted on 18/09/2013

In the presence of Sheikh Majid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Chairman, Dubai Culture and Arts, crowds at the Dubai Fitness Championship were given an exciting surprise when 80 dancers interrupted the finals, for a riveting, highly choreographed performance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HZgz-NXHH4. The dancers were promoting du's "Every Step Counts" campaign, a national wellness initiative launched earlier ...  >>MORE

"CEO of the Year Award- Telecom 2013" goes to Etisalat Group CEO

Posted on 15/09/2013

The prestigious "CEO of the Year Award - Telecom " went this year to Ahmad Abdul karim Julfar, Group Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group. This year's winners were handpicked by a well-reputed specialist panel of 19 judges, who thoroughly evaluated some 982 entries, out of which they shortlisted 50 candidates. And following a closed voting, 16 winners were announced yesterday in the 16 categories. CEO of the Year Award is presented every year by CEO Middle East. The CEO Awards recognize ...  >>MORE

du to save paper for 5 years with e-billing

Posted on 11/09/2013

du is delivering on its promise by announcing that 65 per cent of its customers have opted for paperless e-billing, since the sustainable e-billing system was launched in 2009. Achieving a more sustainable future is in all of our best interests, and is the responsibility of all. Ever conscious of its potential to have an impact on the local community, du introduced its e-billing system with the aim to cut back on the amount of paper used, and to reduce carbon emissions – thereby helping to ...  >>MORE

Du enters into strategic alliance with Google, launches new Business Super 600-G plan for SMBs

Posted on 09/09/2013

Du has announced its strategic partnership with Google to bring the online search engine's AdWorks advertising programme in the UAE and help boost the online presence of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country. "du understands that effective communication, especially online, is vital for small and medium enterprises (SMBs) in today's challenging business environment. With the intention of making business communications even more effective than ever, Du is pleased to announce its ...  >>MORE

Etisalat's new Broadband Bundles popular with customers

Posted on 09/09/2013

In just a month since the launch of all-new bundles, Etisalat has already registered success with its new broadband bundles with many customers opting for the streamlined Internet offering that deliver faster speeds and great value for money. Etisalat enhanced its eLife Double and Triple play bundles to offer a simpler and yet value-packed bundle of services to its new and existing customers. Khaled El Khouly, Chief Marketing Officer, Etisalat, said: "As expected, this offering is extremely ...  >>MORE

Free local, national calls for all business subscribers

Posted on 08/09/2013

Etisalat announced its plans to offer all local and national calls to fixed lines free to all business subscribers from the beginning of October. This initiative is part of new simplified set of business landline plans, which provide lower channel rental costs for businesses that operate more channels. The move comes in recognition of business and enterprise customers' need for simple, transparent and predictable fixed costs in their business. The UAE already boasts the biggest fibreoptic ...  >>MORE

du launches Cloud-Based Integrated Suite of IT Security and Compliance Solutions for UAE business

Posted on 03/09/2013

Strengthening its portfolio of Managed Security services, du, the region's fastest-growing telecom company, has announced the availability of three new managed security services suitable for businesses in the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with Qualys (NASDAQ: QLYS). These are the QualysGuard cloud-based Vulnerability Management, Security Policy Compliance and Web Application Security Solutions. This is in continuation of an announcement made in 2012, under which du and Qualys agreed to ...  >>MORE

Fifth phase of “My Number, My Identity” campaign launched

Posted on 02/09/2013

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority has launched the fifth phase of "My Number, My Identity” campaign The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced that the ‘My Number, My Identity' campaign, launched in July 2012, has successfully entered its fifth phase. This launch is in sync with the previously announced timeline. The campaign was initiated by the TRA in collaboration with the two licensees (Etisalat and du) to increase the mobile subscriber awareness on the new ...  >>MORE

Etisalat Mobile Commerce 'Flous' roll out reaches Togo

Posted on 01/09/2013

Etisalat Group, the UAE's leading telecoms operator in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, has launched a mobile phone-based commerce service through subsidiary Etisalat Moov that will give much of Togo's population access to banking for the very first time. "This launch represents the latest chapter in our work to push the boundaries of mobile communications by bringing banking to the unbanked in many of our global markets," said Khalifa Al Shamsi, Chief Digital Services Officer at Etisalat ...  >>MORE

Epsilon chooses Etisalat's SmartHub for its Middle Eastern Network Exchange

Posted on 28/08/2013

Etisalat yesterday announced its partnership with Epsilon Telecommunications, world's largest global telecom network exchange, to deploy its Middle Eastern network exchange at Etisalat's SmartHub in Fujairah, UAE. Epsilon will be deploying its eConnect platform at the SmartHub datacentre which will support its interconnections, capacity trading platform (eCX) and restoration services across the region and the globe. Additionally, the global telecom network exchange will also provide managed ...  >>MORE

Revealed: Most popular mobile phones in UAE

Posted on 20/08/2013

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released the second quarter findings of the ‘Smartphone and Mobile Operating Systems' review undertaken to identify the most popular mobile phone handsets. The UAE-focused analysis assesses the market share of mobile handsets and operating systems. It also provides details on the number of visits to social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. In terms of mobile manufactures as of June 2013, Nokia currently enjoys the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat's Loyalty Programme - Now Bigger and Better

Posted on 19/08/2013

Etisalat, has re-launched its successful rewards programme for UAE consumers, Etisalat Rewards, with a host of benefits from Etisalat and its partners. With partners ranging from insurance providers to leisure facilitates and spanning more than 65 brands, 750 outlets, 900 online stores, 1,000 airlines and 50,000 hotels, Etisalat Rewards is arguably the biggest rewards programme in the region. "Etisalat Rewards is our way of paying back our valuable customers for their patronage," said Khaled ...  >>MORE

Etisalat to launch e-billing from September

Posted on 18/08/2013

UAE-based Etisalat said will implement its e-bill initiative across all services in a phased manner from September 1. This transformation of current billing methods to new generation environmentally friendly e-bills, will ensure customers have access to their account information 24/7 across the world and can view their details online or though their mobile devices. Other benefits directly enhancing customer experience include ability to get specific information on time and pay bills with ...  >>MORE

TRA releases data on UAE registrars to promote country's domain name.ae

Posted on 14/08/2013

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has released data outlining the market share of registrars in the UAE to encourage local businesses to register for the national top level domain name (ccTLD) of the United Arab Emirates .ae. Accelerating the efforts of the Authority to promote more registrations in the UAE since surpassing 100,000 in September 2012, the data illustrates the stake each provider of domain names has in the UAE. The data in the Registrars Market Share July 2013 ...  >>MORE

Du launches Voice Select National

Posted on 11/08/2013

Du presents flexible offer for businesses using fixed line services yet — Voice Select National. With the best rates to mobiles, unlimited free national calls to the fixed network, attractive call rates, affordable bundles, and the option to create a customised package to suit individual needs, Voice Select National is the solution for small and large businesses using fixed line services provided by UAE operators other than du. Available as either Voice Select National 1500 or Voice Select ...  >>MORE

TRA to establish "Trusted Security Manager" to facilitate safe transition to mGovernment

Posted on 06/08/2013

In coordination with the Prime Minister's Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has increased its efforts to ensure a safe and secure transition towards the implementation of mGovernment services for all UAE government entities by establishing the Trusted Security Manager' (TSM) framework. The purpose of the new framework is to engage all parties involved in the process both at government and private sector level and ensure that all ...  >>MORE

Du offers free local, national calls from landline to landline from September 1

Posted on 05/08/2013

Du said on Sunday it is making all local and national calls from landline to landline free for its customers effective September 1, 2013. Other packages offered by the UAE's telecom operator include free international minutes to over 175 destinations, and access to more than 500 movie titles on demand. "Customers will automatically start enjoying free local calls and international minutes, and all other associated benefits, from 1 September, 2013,” du said in a statement on Sunday, adding ...  >>MORE

du announces Mobile Applications Developers Community initiative to support Mobile Government vision

Posted on 04/08/2013

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, or du, has announced its first steps in full support of the recently-announced Mobile Government (m-Government) visionary plan outlined by the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The cornerstone of du's support is in driving a nationwide effort to create a Mobile Applications Developers Community, drawn from young talent in the UAE's numerous universities and colleges who would ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announces exclusive launch of world's slimmest Smartphone

Posted on 01/08/2013

Etisalat yesterday rolled out yet another exclusive offer for customers by launching the new Huawei Ascend P6 in the United Arab Emirates. The telecom operator will offer the device exclusively from its business centres and outlets throughout the festive month of August. With a 6.18mm thickness and a 4.7 inch screen, the Ascend P6 is the world's slimmest smartphone, featuring a 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP rear-facing camera. Stocked with Android's latest 4.2.2 OS, the phone boasts a 1.5GHz ...  >>MORE

du receives International Green Apple Award

Posted on 31/07/2013

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications, or du, has received The International Green Apple Award for 'build environment and architectural heritage', for its du Shop in Fujairah City Centre - the UAE's first retail outlet to be Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certified. The green shop concept is in line with du's efforts to adopt more sustainable practices, du said in a press release. "It is an honour to have received this recognition from the prestigious Green Apple ...  >>MORE

National Media Council and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) sign MoU

Posted on 31/07/2013

The National Media Council and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) have yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in areas relevant to the two parties. The Memorandum provides a general framework to organise and coordinate the relationship between the Council and the Authority in the areas of technical, legal and licensing procedures and mechanisms that are related to the issuance of media licenses concerning radio and television broadcasting, both with ...  >>MORE

TRA finalises e-Service Quality Standards for all UAE Federal Entities

Posted on 31/07/2013

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) is finalising the initial version of the e-service quality standards that will be used to help the federal government to upgrade and improve the e-services they provide to the public. This project falls in line with one of the main initiatives in the federal e-government strategy as adopted by the Council of Ministers last year. The formulation of the standards is also in response to the directives issued by the UAE leadership to complete the ...  >>MORE

Etisalat, Samsung sign deal to lead to hot technology influx

Posted on 29/07/2013

Etisalat Group and Samsung recently signed a deal that will lead to an influx of some of the most sought after telecommunications technology in Etisalat's 15 operating countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Etisalat said yesterday. "By securing this innovative partnership, we are benefiting communities in our operating countries and helping provide a richer communications experience," said Rainer Rathgeber, the Chief Commercial Officer at Etisalat Group. "Our customers will have a ...  >>MORE

du launches Unified Threat Management for businesses in UAE

Posted on 29/07/2013

Upping the ante in the realm of Managed Security services, du has further enhanced its portfolio by introducing a range of customer premises-based security infrastructure, in addition to existing cloud-based security services. The new line-up of services, backed by SecurView's Casper platform, offers customers advanced threat management and mitigation services which help to protect their key information assets, systems and IT infrastructure. The announcement comes on the heels of a recent ...  >>MORE

TRA continues fight against spam text messages on mobile phones

Posted on 25/07/2013

In line with its strategy to offer a spam free mobile experience to all UAE subscribers, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) announced more proactive measures to control and minimise unwanted promotional text messages (Spam SMS) received by mobile phone subscribers in the UAE. Following recent data demonstrating that the majority of unwanted promotional messages come from international companies located in GCC countries, and acting in coordination with Etisalat and du, the TRA ...  >>MORE

Etisalat announce 20 per cent increase on quarterly consolidated revenues to DH9.9 billion

Posted on 24/07/2013

Etisalat Group yesterday announced strong results for the second quarter of 2013, with an increase of both quarterly consolidated revenues and subscribers across its operating markets. Group revenues during the second quarter of 2013 reached DH9,882 million, representing an increase of 20% in comparison to the same period of last year and an increase of 3% in comparison to the first quarter of 2013. During the quarter, group consolidated revenues was affected by a change in the accounting ...  >>MORE

Etisalat in talks to acquire Vivendi’s stake in Maroc Telecom

Posted on 24/07/2013

Etisalat on Tuesday said that it has entered into exclusive talks to purchase Vivendi's 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom for €4.2 billion (Dh20.3 billion).The offer values Vivendi's stake at €3.9 billion, or 92.6 dirhams per Maroc Telecom share, etisalat said in a statement on Abu Dhabi stock exchange. Etisalat would also pay €310 million for a dividend that Vivendi was set to receive from Maroc Telecom. The French conglomerate has given the UAE telecom operator a period of exclusivity until ...  >>MORE

TRA publishes Market Information Report

Posted on 23/07/2013

The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has published its fourth Annual Sector Review, which summarises the state of the fixed, mobile, and data telecommunications markets in the UAE in terms of subscriber numbers, market penetration rates, revenues, and service usage (i.e. traffic volumes) for the period from 2009 to 2012. The report, available on TRA's website, also outlines the contribution of the telecommunications sector to the UAE economy and shows that the sector continued to ...  >>MORE

TRA thwarts Egypt-originated cyber-attacks to damage government sites

Posted on 22/07/2013

The Telecommunications Authority (TRA) yesterday said it had successfully thwarted Egypt-originated attempts by cyber-hackers to damage some government electronic sites on Friday. The TRA said its Computer Emergency Response Team (aeCERT) succeeded in neutralising the danger and repairing the limited damage caused by the attack. Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, the Director General of TRA, said the Authority, had from the start worked on protecting the targeted sites and at the same time, had ...  >>MORE

du launches tablet plan for businesses

Posted on 17/07/2013

Telco operators are keen to take a slice of the robust growth in tablet computers, which is growing at more than 100 per cent. Du is offering iPads as part of its Business Tablet Plan portfolio for large businesses and SMEs, and Samsung LTE tablets within the next two to three weeks as the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) concept is gaining traction in the UAE. "We are already seeing very high interest among enterprises on BYOD adoption. Given that needs of businesses and employees are moving ...  >>MORE

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TRA to issue UAE ICT Business Survey


Etisalat grabs 'Best Middle Eastern Wholesale Carrier' Award at Telecom World ME


GCC wide telecoms consortium to build high-bandwidth regional transmission cable system


UAE has 14.9m mobile phone users


Etisalat extends talks on Maroc Telecom


E-marine successfully completes challenging cable repair in Arabian Sea


Etisalat low-cost package for social app users


Etisalat to highlight role of M2M in shaping UAE's future at inaugural M2M Middle East Forum 2013


Etisalat helps cut CO2 emissions


Etisalat announces region's first-of-its-kind business pre-paid plans


du announces first Cyber-Security Conference


du's flash mob inspires crowds at Dubai Fitness Championship


"CEO of the Year Award- Telecom 2013" goes to Etisalat Group CEO


du to save paper for 5 years with e-billing


Du enters into strategic alliance with Google, launches new Business Super 600-G plan for SMBs


Etisalat's new Broadband Bundles popular with customers


Free local, national calls for all business subscribers


du launches Cloud-Based Integrated Suite of IT Security and Compliance Solutions for UAE business


Fifth phase of “My Number, My Identity” campaign launched


Etisalat Mobile Commerce 'Flous' roll out reaches Togo


Epsilon chooses Etisalat's SmartHub for its Middle Eastern Network Exchange


Revealed: Most popular mobile phones in UAE


Etisalat's Loyalty Programme - Now Bigger and Better


Etisalat to launch e-billing from September


TRA releases data on UAE registrars to promote country's domain name.ae


Du launches Voice Select National


TRA to establish "Trusted Security Manager" to facilitate safe transition to mGovernment


Du offers free local, national calls from landline to landline from September 1


du announces Mobile Applications Developers Community initiative to support Mobile Government vision


Etisalat announces exclusive launch of world's slimmest Smartphone


du receives International Green Apple Award


National Media Council and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) sign MoU


TRA finalises e-Service Quality Standards for all UAE Federal Entities


Etisalat, Samsung sign deal to lead to hot technology influx


du launches Unified Threat Management for businesses in UAE


TRA continues fight against spam text messages on mobile phones


Etisalat announce 20 per cent increase on quarterly consolidated revenues to DH9.9 billion


Etisalat in talks to acquire Vivendi’s stake in Maroc Telecom


TRA publishes Market Information Report


TRA thwarts Egypt-originated cyber-attacks to damage government sites


du launches tablet plan for businesses