UAE gets taste of fixed-line competition

Move is a "long-term game changer" says du chief
Osman Sultan, CEO, Du.
Osman Sultan, CEO, Du.

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The UAE has started to allow fixed-line users to switch operators, according to Osman Sultan, the CEO of the country’s second telecom operator, Du.

The opening up of the fixed-line market to competition is initially restricted to the consumer market, and there is a limit to how many users can switch operator each month, Sultan told Reuters.

The liberalisation, which started in July, follows about five years of negotiations in which du has been seeking access to larger rival Etisalat's networks, the report added.

In terms of fixed-line services, Du had been largely restricted to the newer areas of Dubai until the two companies quietly launched nationwide competition in fixed-line consumer services last month, Sultan said.

"For the long-term it's a game changer because it will open up the entire country," Sultan said.
 

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