UAE firms unable to seal deal

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By  Published  September 22, 2006

An anticipated agreement between UAE telecommunications service providers Etisalat and du on mutual operations has been delayed again, executives said this month.

The two companies, Etisalat, the UAE’s original leading telecommunications services provider, and newcomer to the field du, have been negotiating for several months over sharing the infrastructure for their operations in the country.

Specifically, they have been negotiating on two main points: interconnection and infrastructure sharing.

In a statement, du’s CEO Osman Sultan said the two companies had come to an agreement on several of the issues but a few were still unresolved.

Speaking about interconnection, Sultan said: “We have taken significant strides since we started negotiating several months ago and a number of major issues have been resolved between the two operators within the overall framework of the UAE’s Telecommunications Authority (TRA)’s regulations.”

“The teams from the two companies are working to bring the negotiations to completion,” Sultan added.

Most of the commercial issues, including the prices of termination of calls on each other’s networks, have been agreed upon and testing of sending traffic across the two networks has been nearly completed.

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