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Du's Bamatraf optimistic on infrastructure sharing

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Du's Bamatraf optimistic on infrastructure sharing
Hatem Bamatraf remains optimistic that fixed infrastructure sharing will happen eventually.

Hatem Bamatraf, executive vice president of enterprise at Dubai-based telecom operator Du, confirmed that "the position remains the same" with respect to stalled plans for fixed infrastructure sharing in the UAE.

"There is no development in that area yet so the previous position remains the same, which is that we have completed all testing necessary with the incumbent operator and we are ready as a service provider to go into infrastructure sharing, our network is ready," Bamatraf told CommsMEA.

The UAE's two telcos, Etisalat and Du, soft-launch bitstream access in 2011, and the country's TRA had planned to allow a full rollout of the service by the end of 2011. But the process stalled at the start of 2012 when the TRA delayed the full commercial implementation of fixed network sharing.

However, Bamaraf added that he was optimistic that infrastructure sharing would be implemented eventually. "I am optimistic that things will move in the fixed infrastructure sharing. I don't know when but I am sure this will happen," he said.

Speaking to CommsMEA in April, HE Mohammed Nasser Al Ghanim, director general, TRA, UAE, said that the regulator was working closely with the licencees to increase competition in fixed-line services. "UAE consumers will receive even better value for money and even more robust services as competition further develops in the supply of fixed-line services," he said. "To that end, we are working closely with the licencees to increase competition in fixed-line services through the use of network sharing techniques using a technology which is known as bitstream access."

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