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du Vs Etisalat: Time to hang up?

on Jun 1, 2009




Recent comments by Osman Sultan, the CEO of UAE telco, du, regarding a proposed network sharing deal between it and archrival Etisalat, signals a new spirit of cooperation between the two sparring communications giants.

Still, many questions remain over the future direction of the telecommunications industry in the UAE. 

Given that Etisalat are like for like in terms of pricing for many consumer and commercial services, what has the introduction of a second government-owned telco really achieved?

Should UAE authorities being do more to stimulate competition in the sector? Should they allow the introduction of other competitors to the market? 

Is the advancement of the UAE telecommunications sector being stifled by bureaucracy and an illusion to competition?

Have your say now!


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Yes.. and all over UAE they have put hundreds and hundreds of generators for their transmitters. Each of them polutes mo

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Lars (Jun 23, 2009)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Du
Yes.. and all over UAE they have put hundreds and hundreds of generators for their transmitters. Each of them polutes more than a big truck = Where is the Green city or building idea?

David (Jun 2, 2009)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Etisalat and Du
Having worked in telecoms overseas for many years my question would be what is your benchmark for comparison. Many mistakes have been made elsewhere and many breakthroughs have been achieved in last mile, FTTH, mobile services, on line services, broadband speeds, etc. What does the consumer want and what can the market support long term?

Robert K (Jun 1, 2009)
Muscat
Oman

Du-ing the business
There is no such thing as competition in the UAE telecommunications sector. Until the authorities liberalise the market there never will be either. It's a joke. Surely they must understand they can still own a stake in any newcomers and that increased competition will actually drive profits across the board? This naive attitude is totally reflected in their approach to VOP technologies...get with the programme!

Abdallah K (Jun 1, 2009)
Doha
Qatar

Same story
We just got the first Qtel competiton with Vodafone and straight away they sign an "agreement". The idea of competition is a joke and that suits everyone except the customer.

Bruce (Jun 1, 2009)
Dubai

Etisalat and du du du du.
Sparring communications giants? Siblings fight all the time. It doesn't mean they aren't in cahoots.


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