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Etisalat to sell Apple’s iPhone 3G in UAE, Saudi Arabia

UAE-based operator Etisalat has signed an agreement to sell Apple’s iPhone 3G mobile phone in the United Arab Emirates from later this month. The operator will simultaneously launch the device in Saudi Arabia through its operator there, Mobily. The iPhone 3G, available in 8GB and 16GB models, is already available in some countries in the Middle East, through agreements with Vodafone and Orange affiliates.

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February 3, 2009 at 16:53 Leave a comment

Etisalat Net Profits Grow 19% to Dhs8.7b in 2008

United Arab Emirates telco Etisalat has announced its consolidated annual net profit rose by 18.7% to AED8.7 billion (USD2.36 billion) during 2008 when compared to its 2007 net income of AED7.3 billion. Mohammed Khalfan Al Qamzi, CEO of Etisalat, said the improvement was due to an increase in subscribers at home and abroad; at the end of 2008, the company’s wireless subscriber base in the UAE increased to 7.3 million, a rise of 14% compared to the end of 2007, fixed line subscribers rose by 3% to 1.36 million and internet subscribers grew by 31% to 1.15 million. The company also reported its 2008 net revenues increased by 22% to AED26.1 billion when compared with the previous year. Chairman Mohammed Hassan Omran said ‘Acquiring new licences in Iran and India provides us with significant growth opportunities, and will support the development of our company for many years to come.’ Etisalat said it plans to invest USD1 billion in its first year of operations in Iran, after winning the country’s third mobile telephone licence in January.

However, while net profit increased when compared to the previous year, Reuters reported the telco’s fourth quarter net profit fell by 19.3% year-on-year to AED1.42 billion. Reuters calculated the quarterly data from previous financial statements, as Etisalat’s preliminary annual report did not provide quarterly breakdowns.

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January 30, 2009 at 16:36 Leave a comment

Vodafone, Du sign cooperation agreement

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.


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January 28, 2009 at 14:39 Leave a comment

Etisalat Misr exceeds end of year subscriber targets (Egypt)

Etisalat Misr, the Egyptian subsidiary of UAE-based telecoms group Etisalat, has announced that it surpassed its subscriber target for 2008, with the cellco reaching seven million customers by the end of the year, according to online portal MEED. The cellco had set a target of 6.8 million sign-ups by end-2008, and its end of year total represented a 126% rise against the same time a year earlier. Etisalat Misr CEO, Saleh Abdooli, has said that the cellco is now aiming to reach ten million subscribers by the end of 2009, and has claimed that the company is on track to generate its first net profit in 2010.

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January 27, 2009 at 18:32 Leave a comment

Wireless market continues to grow (UAE)

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.

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January 23, 2009 at 17:22 Leave a comment

Etisalat and RIM launch the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 Smartphones in UAE

blackberry-curve-89002New BlackBerry Curve 8900 is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone.


blackberry_pearl_flip_8220BlackBerry Pearl Flip is the first flip phone from RIM.


Etisalat and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the launch of the new BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 smartphones in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The BlackBerry Curve 8900 smartphone delivers a sleek twist on a classic style and is the thinnest BlackBerry smartphone on the market. In addition providing exceptional communications and multimedia features, this model includes built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a faster processor (512Mhz) and a dazzling hi-resolution display. The new BlackBerry Curve 8900 enables users to remain productive, entertained and connected to friends, family and the office wherever they go.

In addition, its advanced multimedia capabilities include a 3.2-megapixel camera with image stabilization, digital zoom, flash and the ability to record video. It comes with a rich media player, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, headset and a hot-swappable microSD/SDHC memory card slot. A 256MB card is included and it supports memory cards of up to 16GB, enabling customers to carry, capture and enjoy more of their music, pictures and video on the go.

On the flipside, the BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone maintains the popular features and benefits of the BlackBerry Pearl series smartphones, plus it packs numerous enhancements into its sleek flip design. The spacious SureType keyboard allows easy typing and dialing while the flip design opens to a large, vibrant internal display and provides the satisfying finality of ending a call by closing the phone. Customers will also appreciate the external display for previewing calendar reminders, email, text messages and phone calls at a glance.

The BlackBerry Pearl Flip smartphone also boasts an advanced multimedia experience including a 2 megapixel camera with digital zoom, flash and video recording, stereo Bluetooth support and an easily accessible expandable memory card slot for up to 16GB of additional storage per card.

Abdulla Hashim, VP of Business Solutions at Etisalat said, “The launch of these new smartphones offers an even wider choice to our customers with an unbeatable combination of great design and exceptional features.”

Khaled Kefel, General Manager of RIM in the Middle East added, “The BlackBerry Curve 8900 and the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 both harness the power of the industry leading BlackBerry platform to give users everything they need to stay connected, productive and entertained. RIM is delighted to work with Etisalat in the UAE to launch these two impressive smartphones.”

Both models are now available in all Etisalat retail outlets and business centres in the UAE, offering customers the convenience of instalment plans on a one- or two-year contract.


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January 22, 2009 at 13:41 Leave a comment

Etisalat wins Iran’s third national mobile licence

The government of Iran is thought to have awarded the country’s third national mobile licence to a consortium headed by UAE-based telco Etisalat. A report from CellularNews which cites Iran’s semi-official news agency FARS says that Etisalat has beaten off rival bids from the likes of Omantel of Oman plus MegaFon and Vimpelcom of Russia. The government has said that the new cellular operator is expected to attract investment of around USD3 billion. Iran currently has two national cellular networks run by state-backed operator TCI and private firm MTN-Irancell, which have around 40 million customers between them. Another operator, Taliya, operates a sizeable regional network which serves around 1.5 million users, while there are also at least two other localised mobile networks with only a few thousand subscribers each.

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December 26, 2008 at 12:50 Leave a comment


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