Nokia and du claim Middle East’s first VoLTE call

Nokia and du claim first VoLTE call in the Middle East

Nokia Networks and UAE-based telco du claim to have successfully connected the region’s first voice over LTE (VoLTE) call on a commercial network. The implementation of Nokia’s VoLTE solution and professional services on du’s network took just 80 days, which the Finnish vendor claims is the world’s fastest deployment of VoLTE.

Telenor, Softbank and Du report revenue and profit growth

Softbank, Telenor and Du have all reported positive financial results

Mobile operators Telenor, Softbank and Du have posted their financial earnings reports for the quarterly period, each reporting a growth in revenue and profit.

Director, Professional Services, Du, UAE: “SDN promises to enable us to crack expensive proprietary black boxes of network manufacturers”

Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE

Imran Malik, director of professional services for Du in the UAE, is speaking in the Virtualisation & Cloud track on Day One of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the conference we find out more about how SDN can enable networks to respond to changing demands and how cloud represents a real opportunity for telcos.

Du extends 100G transport network in UAE

Huawei has signed an MoU with Etisalat to help set the foundations for an intensive internship program

Du, one of the two major telcos in the United Arab Emirates, has awarded a contract to Alcatel-Lucent to build the second phase of its high-speed 100G coherent optical transport network throughout the country.

Du signs project management agreement with Huawei

Du has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese infrastructure Huawei

UAE operator Du has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese infrastructure Huawei. Under the terms of the agreement, the two firms will and exchange project management experiences, knowledge and research, according to the operator.

du migrates to single IP network to boost convergence

du is seeking convergence

UAE telco du has tapped Alcatel-Lucent for IP-routing technology to consolidate all its telecoms services onto a single network, with big gains in speed and performance expected, along with simplified network operation.

Du: “Revenues generated by mobile broadband will be the dominant factor”

Hatem Bamatraf is the senior VP of network development at Du in the UAE

Hatem Bamatraf is the senior VP of network development at Du in the UAE. He is speaking on the subject of LTE as an evolution to technology and business, on Day One of the LTE MENA conference, taking place on the 29th-30th April 2012 Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai. He tells Telecoms.com his views on how to arrest declining revenues, the sustainability of unlimited tariffs and touches on issues around spectrum use.

Middle East round-up: Du provides Metro wifi, Orange Israel seeks new owner, Batelco reviews India

A Dubai Metro station

In the Middle East, UAE operator Du has announced plans to provide Wifi access across the Dubai Metro, the majority shareholder in Orange Israel is looking to sell its stake in the firm and a Bahraini operator is left reeling after the Indian Supreme Court cancels its licence to provide 2G services in the country.

Etisalat and Du to compensate BlackBerry customers

Etisalat and Du will compensate BlackBerry customers following a three-day outage

UAE mobile operators Etisalat and Du have both announced that they will compensate BlackBerry users for the recent disruption to their services. Both operators have said they will compensate BlackBerry users on both pre-pay and post pay accounts.

Middle East operators jump on LTE bandwagon

Qatar's Qtel has launched LTE and UAE's Du plans to launch before the end of 2011

Following launches in Saudi from Mobily and STC, and in the UAE from Etisalat, Qatar’s QTel has launched its own LTE services and UAE’s Du has announced that it is working on an LTE service to launch before the end of the year.

Ericsson joins du’s FTTH project

du's rollout of Fibre-to-the-Home in the UAE continues to scale upwards

Du, one of the two major operators in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has selected GPON solutions from Ericsson for its rollout of a Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in the country.

Du builds optical backbone

United Arab Emirates telco du has completed the first phase of a project to expand its Optical Transport Network along with its backbone infrastructure.

Fibre investments to drive growth of communications market in UAE, predicts report

NEC wins UQ WiMAX deal

The ongoing switch by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from a copper to fibre fixed-line infrastructure will be completed by 2012, enabling “significant” growth in the broadband, pay-TV and fixed VoIP sectors for the first time. The forcast comes from a report from Pyramid Research.

Carriers must think laterally to score in an OTT market

Openwave says carriers need to make more use of their user data

Carriers are going to need to think and act laterally if they’re to gain relevance in an over-the-top (OTT) mobile data market. This is the message from Openwave SVP for product management and marketing, John Giere, who said that with customer experience representing a key driver of growth, carriers need to drop their linear approach to billing and services and start taking advantage of their unique access to end-user data.

BlackBerry service to be shut down in UAE; India next

BlackBerry services including Messenger, email and web browsing will all be suspended from October 11

On Monday morning the Telecoms Regulatory Authority for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that it had ordered local operators to suspend BlackBerry services from October 11, for breach of telecoms regulations.

Du launches UAE’s first mobile WiMAX network

A Dubai Metro station

United Arab Emirates-based operator du has announced the launch of the first mobile WiMAX network in the Emirates.

Vodafone moves into UAE

The world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, announced a partnership with United Arab Emirates operator du on Wednesday, expanding its brand into the Middle East. Under what Voda calls a “partner market agreement”, du will get access to the Big V’s products, services and exclusive devices, and Voda will get its brand splashed [...]

Du blocks Skype, offers cheap international tariff

United Arab Emirates operator Du unveiled a new mobile tariff on Monday, potentially cutting the price of international calls. But reports coming in suggest the carrier has blocked access to Skype’s internet telephony service in the same breath. Thousands of UAE-based subscribers are understood to have lost the ability to make internet phone calls using [...]