TRA warns du on usage numbers

The UAE's second telco, du, will have to show sufficient levels of usage for its services to fulfil its licence requirements, the regulator warned this week.

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By  Administrator Published  February 22, 2007

The UAE's second telco, du, will have to show sufficient levels of usage for its services to fulfil its licence requirements, the regulator warned this week.

The operator formally launched its services on February 11, one day before a deadline set by the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA).

It announced this week that its first phone call took place, on February 19, between the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The TRA said this week it was satisfied that du had met its requirements with the launch, but warned it would take legal action if levels of usage did not prove satisfactory.

"If one person is using this service, it is legal," a spokesperson told IT Weekly.

"Now we will have to see the progress. If the percentage of usage is not as satisfactory as it should be according to the laws and regulations of the TRA, we will have to take action," he added.

The spokesperson declined to reveal the benchmark set for usage or the timeframe allocated to du to get its operations up and running.

The operator also declined to comment this week on how many people are now able to use its services.

CEO Osman Sultan said on February 11 it would take "a few weeks" before customers received their SIM cards and then be able to make calls.

Du posted a net pre-operating cost for 2006 of US$165.8million.

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