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?
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