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TRA, ITU deny rumour of third UAE operator

The UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has quashed talk of a third telco setting up in the emirates.

A report in the local press this week cited Samir Al Basheer, director of industry governing body the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), as saying that a third telecom company was under formation in the UAE.

However, in a statement to Emirates News Agency, the regulator denied there were any such discussions going on.

When contacted by IT Weekly, a spokesperson for the ITU said that the media report appeared to be "a misunderstanding" of comments made by Al Basheer at a symposium held for telecom regulators in Dubai last week. "Mr Basheer made reference to a third operator due to start in Saudi Arabia, not in the UAE," the spokesperson said.