LONDON, Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the fact that UAE is one of the most advanced markets in the Middle East, it is the least liberalized with only two telecom operators and little or no foreign investment. Many other countries in the region have allowed operators from the region to buy (or as is the case of Lebanon, operate) second and/or third mobile licenses and in some cases, fixed-line and Internet provision licenses.
The UAE telecom duopoly constitutes Etisalat and du, both of which are majority government-owned. The second operator, du, launched in 2007, has gained ground despite inter-connection difficulties and no number portability and now has over 48.17% of the mobile market. It is helped by the UAEs very high expatriate population (around 80% of the total), which provides a pool of constantly changing potential new subscribers. Competition in the fixed-line and broadband markets is likely to increase in the near future as Etisalat and du have agreed to share their networks. They completed the technical and operational details of the network sharing arrangements in July 2010 and commercial launch of services is expected after testing of the network and systems interfaces.
Government policies over the years have given great impetus to increase levels of ICT development. Many of the region's major digital media companies are based in the UAE, particularly in Dubai. These include Tejari, a major portal for all Business-to-Business e-commerce transactions. Both federal and emirate governments have invested considerable sums in e-government development.
Telecommunications in the United Arab Emirates is under the control and supervision of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) which was established under UAE Federal Law. From 1976 to 2006 the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) was the sole telephone and telecommunications provider for the UAE and while there were exceptions for free zones and modern housing developments, for the majority of the UAE, Etisalat held a monopoly on business and personal telecommunications services. In February 2006 this monopoly became a duopoly when a new telephone company and Internet Service Provider, du was established to offer mobile services across the UAE and Internet and TV services to some free zone areas. Earlier du provided triple play services to free zone areas under the name Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), which is still its legal name.
Key factors in the growth of UAE Telecom Sector are robust economic growth, Foreign Investment and Government Initiatives.
High cost of Telecom and Costly Manpower are the factors which are effecting Telecom market of UAE.
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The study identifies the situation of UAE, and predicts the growth of its Telecom sector. Report talks about market trends, Government regulations, growth forecast, major companies, upcoming companies & projects, etc. Report will also talk about Economic conditions of and future forecast of its current economic scenario and effect of its current policy changes in to its economy, reasons and implications on its growth. Lastly, the report is divided by major import & export and importing and exporting partners.
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