Foreign telco players kept at bay in UAE

The UAE government rules out opening up the telecommunications sector to foreign players, according to local newspaper report.

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By  ITP.net writer Published  October 2, 2007

The UAE government has ruled out opening up the telecommunications sector to foreign players in the near future, Gulf News has reported.

"So far we have not really looked at it, mainly because we feel the existing number of telecom companies is enough at present. In the future, this is something that we will leave to the needs and requirements of the market," Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Government Sector Development told the newspaper.

The UAE has two operators at present: incumbent Etisalat and newcomer du, which launched on the market in February this year.

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