The United Arab Emirates Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (UAE TRA) has said that du and Etisalat are “technically ready” to share fixed-line communication services. However, both operators still have to agree on the prices.
“The only issue is agreeing on the prices among themselves,” said Majed Al Mesmar, acting director general. “It is not a matter that there are some technical issues to be ready,” he added during the released of its “ICT in UAE; Business Survey – 2013”.
The regulator is not going to interfere in this discussion between both operators. “We don’t want to force ourselves on them or apply something on them. We are leaving them to discuss,” Al Mesmar said.
The UAE TRA was confident of a deal being reached on the Network sharing agreement and believes that by the end of the year, both operators will compete on equal conditions. “I am sure that by the end of this year, they will open up to each other,” Al Mesmar added.
At the end of May, Etisalat announced its intention to conclude a deal to allow sharing fixed line communications services. Etisalat has a monopoly on the fixed-lined services in large parts of the UAE, as du can only provide this service in limited areas in the country.
“As a customer, anyone in the UAE will be able to select any operator for any service,” concluded Al Mesmar.
During the presentation of the “ICT in UAE; Business Survey – 2013”, the regulator published the latest results, setting that 100% of businesses had a Fixed telephone line and a personal computer as well as 95% of business had an internet connection. The next issue of the survey will be done in 2015.