Swedish infrastructure vendor Ericsson has secured a five-year deal to manage mobile networks across Africa. The firm has signed a managed services contract with Atlantique Telecom, part of the UAE-headquartered Etisalat Group, for the operator’s Western and Central African operations.
UAE-based operator group Etisalat has signed a global consultancy services agreement with Chinese vendor Huawei. According to the operator, Huawei’s business consulting team will partner with Etisalat stakeholders to assist in developing the operator’s mobile broadband services and its digital services portfolio.
Mohammed AbdelQadir, Director, Mobile Core for Etisalat, UAE is speaking on Day One of the LTE MENA 2013 conference, taking place on the 13th-14th May 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai. Ahead of the show he gives us an overview of the Middle-East region and describes some of the technical and business challenges facing the operator as it deploys LTE.
Ahead of the Broadband MEA 2013 conference, taking place on the 19th-20th March 2013 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE, Dubai, UAE, we speak to Maen Haddad, Director/Product Marketing, Etisalat on the latest broadband developments in the region and his views on issues such as piracy and FTTH deployment.
UAE based operator group Etisalat has confirmed that it has submitted a preliminary expression of interest to acquire French conglomerate Vivendi’s 53 per cent shareholding in Maroc Telecom, as it looks to expand its geographic footprint. Maroc Telecom, a publicly listed company on both the Casablanca and Euronext Paris Stock Exchanges, is Morocco’s market leading operator with over 17.4 million subscribers in Morocco, according to Informa’s WCIS.
UAE-based operator group Etisalat has teamed up with app developer Ogle Middle East to roll out the Ogle application to its 100 million-plus mobile subscribers across the Middle East and Africa regions. The app uses augmented reality (AR) technology from platform developer Aurasma.
The industry’s big names are continuing to post their quarterly earnings this week, and American operators Sprint and America Movil, as well as Middle Eastern operator group Etisalat, shared somewhat encouraging results. Meanwhile, Samsung recorded its best ever profit for a quarter but Facebook had bad news in its first ever earnings statement.
To whet your appetite for the event here is a preview of Category 3: Most Significant Development for Commercial LTE Network by an Operator.
Ericsson, AT&T, Sprint and Etisalat have all posted earnings statements for the first quarter of 2012, achieving varying levels of success.
Despite already having closed their services in India, announcing that they will cease doing business in the country and notifying their subscribers to move to a different network, operators S Tel and Etisalat have been told by India’s telecoms regulator that they must continue offering services until the license cancellation date. Loop Telecom has also announced that it will be exiting the market but must continue offering services until June 2, 2012.
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Marwan Zawaydeh is the CTIO of Etisalat, the largest mobile operator in the UAE. He is appearing on Day One of the LTE World Summit taking place on the 23-24 May 2012 CCIB, Barcelona, Spain, where he will be speaking on the topic of the impact of LTE on operator business models. Ahead of the conference, Telecoms.com catches up with him to found out the latest on Etisalat’s LTE roll-out.
UAE operator Etisalat has confirmed that it will exit the Indian market, marking yet another foreign investor departure in the wake of the 2G spectrum licensing scandal.
India’s 2G spectrum scandal has cast a cloud over the country’s telecoms sector so dark that former Telecoms minister Andimuthu Raja is said to feel safer in prison than he does walking down the street. He has been sat in a cell for over a year, refusing to post bail and stands accused of taking bribes to sell spectrum to firms at discounted rates.
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Etisalat is the largest mobile operator is the UAE, commanding 60 per cent of its local market. As one of the major operators in the region the recent launch of an LTE service across most of the major cities in the county can be viewed as a major statement of its intent to stay ahead of the competition.
Juan Jose “JJ” de la Torre, A/Vice President – Marketing Strategy and Planning at Abu Dhabi-based operator Etisalat, discusses the company’s LTE and fibre rollouts, how it plans to drive user adoption of the attendant high speeds on offer, and the opportunities presented by over-the-top video delivery