du and Etisalat finalise interconnection agreement

du, the new national telecom operator in the UAE, has moved a step closer to launching its services after putting pen to paper on an interconnection agreement with incumbent operator Etisalat.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  December 26, 2006

du, the new national telecom operator in the UAE, has moved a step closer to launching its services after putting pen to paper on an interconnection agreement with incumbent operator Etisalat. The official signing ceremony, which took place at the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) offices in Abu Dhabi, was attended by His Excellency Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansour, Minister of Governmental Sector Development. Under the terms of the agreement, du and Etisalat have confirmed that their networks can exchange calls and obtain mutual telecom services. Osman Sultan, CEO of du, said: “The interconnection agreement marks an important milestone for the UAE’s telecom industry. It is a necessary pre-condition for the launch of our mobile services. In addition, one of the most significant outcomes of this agreement is that it will allow du to offer fixed line calling services across the UAE in a phased manner during 2007.” The interconnection agreement comes after a year of discussions between the two parties focused on technical, operational, commercial, legal and regulatory issues. “This agreement, which is based on the sound regulatory principles that have been adopted in the UAE, will go a long way in ensuring a healthy and dynamically competitive environment for end-users, considering that du is entering one of the most penetrated telecom markets in the world,” added Sultan. “du’s number booking campaign was the first initiative in our run-up to the launch, followed by the allocation of numbers. With the conclusion of today’s agreement, we come closer to delivering upon our promises to the customers,” he continued. The signed interconnection agreement is now subject to ratification by the TRA and the board of directors of the two companies.

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