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Etisalat to slash broadband rates by up to 50%

Broadband and call rates to India and the Philippines to be reduced

Etisalat has cut the cost of broadband and will reduce call rates to India and the Philippines next year.
Etisalat has cut the cost of broadband and will reduce call rates to India and the Philippines next year.

Etisalat has cut the price of its broadband packages by 50%, while also reducing the cost of calls to two Asian countries by up to 30%, the UAE telecoms operator confirmed on Sunday.

The price of the Abu Dhabi-based operator's 1 mbps internet package will be reduced from AED259 ($70.5) per month to AED189 ($51.45).

In addition, Etisalat said it plans to reduce the price of landline calls to India and the Philippines by as much 30% from next year. The UAE has huge expat populations from who come from both countries.

The move comes just weeks after Etisalat signed a multi-year agreement with fixed satellite operator Intelsat, which will expand the reach of its broadband and GSM services.

Etisalat claimed in February the satellite capacity will bolster coverage for customers in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia.

"This important agreement will provide Etisalat with the capability to meet the growing communications requirements of our customers," said the telco's vice president of carrier and wholesale services, Ali Amiri.

Jean Philippe Gillet, Intelsat's regional vice president of sales for Europe and the Middle East said: "Intelsat 22 is the first of five satellites expected to launch in 2012 that will provide additional capacity over key regions like the Middle East, Africa and Asia."