Etisalat rings in '0566' code as demand soars

UAE operator running out of '050' numbers due to growth in telecoms industry.

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By  Joel Bowman Published  December 6, 2007

UAE operator Etisalat will begin issuing new mobile numbers beginning with ‘0566’ to cope with the huge increase in subscribers to its services, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The state-controlled company currently serves around 6.3 million subscribers across the UAE and is reaching the end of number combinations beginning with ‘050’.

Its domestic competitor, Du, serves around one million subscribers under the ‘055’ code.

The UAE has seen massive growth in its telecommunications sector with Etisalat’s 150% penetration rate one of the highest in the world.

“This growth and development is attracting companies and people to the UAE, thereby also growing the addressable market for telecoms services,” said Ahmed Abdulkarim Julfar, chief operating officer (COO) of Etisalat.

Although he did not specify a date when the new code would be introduced, Julfar said growth in the industry demanded the ‘0566’ code be brought to market “as early as possible”.

4234 days ago
Mohd Tariq Vaid

Why is Etisalat planning to launch an 0566 service? Instead it should be launching an '051' series so that subscribers and mobile users can easily identify the number. Editors Reply: Surely any easy three or four digit sequence would be simple to remember?

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