Burj Dubai now fully mobile connected

Etisalat and du both announce they have connected the world's tallest tower, less than two weeks to launch

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Burj Dubai now fully mobile connected Burj Dubai - the world's tallest tower - has altered the city's iconic skyline. (ITP Images)
By  Elsa Baxter Published  December 23, 2009

The Burj Dubai is now fully connected by both UAE telecom firms du and Etisalat, with less than two weeks to go until its official opening.

Du announced on Wednesday that its enhanced mobile network now covered the world's tallest tower, allowing visitors to access a range of mobile services anywhere inside the building.

Not to be outdone, Etisalat issued a similar statement a couple of hours later, saying it too had got the Burj Dubai covered.

The iconic tower is set to open officially on January 4.

Once this happens visitors will be able to access du IPTV, broadband with 24 Mbps, voice telephony, and video on demand anywhere in the building, du said in a statement.

The firm's network has 2G and 3.75G capabilities, and covers the surrounding buildings and hotels in the Downtown Burj Dubai area, the statement said.
"Now, all those that visit or work in Burj Dubai will enjoy seamless connectivity for making voice and video calls, as well as for mobile internet and other mobile services from du.

"In addition, customers will have access to du's superior network anywhere inside the tower, including lobbies and elevators," said Hatem Bamatraf, SVP network development, du.

Meanwhile, Etisalat said its 186km of cable gave people who work, live and visit the tower access to its recently launched eLife - a AED5bn network that offers faster connection speeds.

Ahmad Julfar, Etisalat's chief operating officer, said: "Not only are we able to provide the highest quality mobile network to support telephone calls, but through our fiber-optic services, eLife, provide the fastest mobile broadband services.

"This not only makes this particular installation the highest, but also the most advanced."

The telecom firm will also provide network coverage for forthcoming Armani Hotel Dubai, restaurants and all 57 elevators within the complex, it said in a statement.

Almost 100 engineers, consultants and technicians worked on Etisalat's network installation, which the firm said took three years to implement including the design phase, it said.

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