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Etisalat joins HSDPA club

Etisalat is looking to develop what it describes as a ‘quad play’ service that will include voice, video, data transfer and wireless connectivity all through one network.

UAE operator Etisalat has announced that its network is now equipped to provide services and applications utilising High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology. Etisalat is one of the first operators in the region to launch the service, which will provide mobile users with broadband connectivity speeds on their mobile phones.

In February, Kuwait’s Wataniya Telecom opened its HSDPA network, making it the first operator in the Middle East and Africa region to offer mobile services beyond 3G. The solution, provided by Nokia, covered Kuwait and enabled Wataniya to offer a wide range of services, among which are audio and visual services. This follows a supply agreement signed in May 2005.

Etisalat is looking to develop what it describes as a ‘quad play’ service that will include voice, video, data transfer and wireless connectivity all through one network.

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