Du taps dark fibre network

Du expands its network by accessing FEWA's dark fibre.

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Du taps dark fibre network Du will expand its network without having to deploy new infrastructure, by accessing the government's dark fibre network. (ITP Images)
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  January 9, 2011

The UAE's second telco, Du, has finalised a network expansion agreement with the UAE's Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) that will give the operator access to the state-owned dark fibre network.

The partnership allows Du and FEWA to make use of the UAE's dark fibre, which is currently a redundant resource. 

Governments commonly deploy excess fibre capacity, which becomes known as "dark fibre", to cater for future demand.

The agreement will enable Du to extend the reach of its fixed services to the Northern Emirates.

Osman Sultan, CEO of Du, said: "We believe that increased cooperation between the private and public sectors based on mutual synergies is the way forward." He added that the agreement plays a significant role in the preparation of extending Du's fixed services across the country this year.

Mohammed Saleh, general manager of Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA), said: "Infrastructure is a national asset and we wanted to capitalise on our dark fibre network for the benefit of the UAE telecom sector."

The initial memorandum of understanding on the dark fibre network was signed between Du and FEWA in January last year.


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