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UAE operator Du and Vodafone have signed a partner market agreement which will help both companies to better serve the needs of their customers in the UAE. Under the terms of the partnership, Du will have exclusive access to Vodafone’s range of products, devices and services in the UAE. The company will also be able to draw on Vodafone’s experience in supply chain management, technology development, acquisition of enterprise customers from multi-national companies as well as improved inter-working between networks. Vodafone’s CEO for Partner Markets Hatem Dowidar said through this agreement, Vodafone will be able to increase its brand recognition and extend its product range to a key market with a growing population. To be available in phases over a period of time, the partnership with Vodafone will provide Du customers with improved voice and data roaming access across 67 countries. In turn, Vodafone will be able to use Du’s 3G network to offer its customers a full set of services available on home network capabilities and extended coverage within the UAE. The partnership will also enable various multinational companies based outside the UAE and with local operations to meet their needs for unified communication, offer centralized customer care and enjoy Vodafone’s benefits using Du lines. At a later stage, the Du-Vodafone partnership will offer benefits such as mobile broadband connectivity products for PC’s through innovative means, secure remote mobile access for small business users, converged email solutions, faster and exclusive access to new models of handsets.
The subscriber base of United Arab Emirate’s two wireless operators, Etisalat and Du, has continued to grow in the fourth quarter of 2008, ArabianBusiness reports. Etisalat reported an estimated 7.3 million users at the end of December, up from 6.37 million a year earlier. Fixed line subscribers increased from 1.32 million at the end of 2007 to 1.38 million by December 2008, a market share of 84%. The company is forecasting a 28.2% rise in net income in 2008 to USD2.5 billion, although it has yet to publish its official results. However, Etisalat’s market share has decreased from 77.24% in September 2008 to 74% at the end of December 2008, while rival Du increased its share from 22.76% to 26% in the same time period. At the end of 2008 Du had an estimated 3.05 million subscribers, up from 2.07 million a year earlier. Du’s revenue is also expected to have grown by 8.6% in 2008, boosted by strong mobile revenue growth.