TRA enters new domains
The Telecomms Regulatory Authority (TRA) is publicising the launch of the .emarat Arabic domain name and continued growth in the .ae domain name at this week’s show.
The Telecomms Regulatory Authority (TRA) is publicising the launch of the .emarat Arabic domain name and continued growth in the .ae domain name at this week’s show. The regulator has also told GITEX Times that it is planning for full competition in the fixed line, internet and IPTV markets in the UAE.
“From the launch of Dot-Emarat to the continued growth we experience in .aeDA, 2011 has seen the telecoms industry mature and really start to blossom,” says Mohamed Al Ghanim, Director General at the TRA. “One of the key achievements we are proud of in 2011 is the first Arabic domain name: Dot-Emarat.”
Regarding competition, he says the TRA is planning for full competition in fixed telephony, internet services and IPTV. However, some “issues” need to be resolved before IPTV services can be opened up. “We are working towards resolving these issues by a commercial launch in December. Hence, the soft launch involves double-play: fixed-telephony and internet access only at this time,” he says.
Although avoiding specific dates for competition to come into effect, the TRA confirms there will no geographical restrictions on competition. The organisation is still also working towards the implementation of mobile number portability.
This week is likely to see both UAE operators, Etisalat and du, discussing the rollout of 4G mobile services, which will enable videoconferencing, TV viewing and faster web browsing for users on the move. Al Ghanim says the TRA supports both operators in their efforts to roll out the new high speed services. “Last year, both operators started trials for the fourth generation of mobile communication,” the Director General says.
“The technology and prospective services were demonstrated in the leading technology exhibitions such as GITEX. Consumers experienced the capabilities of the technology and became aware of the expected benefits. Since then, both of the UAE operators have started larger scale trials and network rollouts with the aim of commercial deployments of the services before the end of this year.”