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Telecom duopoly to continue until 2012

It will be at least four years before competitors joins Etisalat and du in UAE market.

It will be at least four years before another company enters the UAE mobile operator market, The National reported on Tuesday, citing a report by management consultancy Booz & Company.

Credit ratings agencies that recently began covering Etisalat, the former telecom monopoly, have also said it is unlikely that competition in the country’s mobile sector will rise anytime soon.

The Booz & Company study called for operators in the region to open up their networks to new, service-based companies. Service-based operators, such as Virgin Mobile in the U.K., lease wholesale space on existing networks.

This would give existing companies a new revenue stream while customers would benefit from more competitive prices, the newspaper wrote.