Etisalat expects fixed-line competition deal by year-end

May 29, 2014 1:53 am

Etisalat expects to conclude a long-delayed deal to allow competition in UAE fixed-line telecoms services by the end of this year, which could threaten its dominant position in the lucrative sector, Reuters has reported. Etisalat and rival Du have been unable to reach an agreement over so-called bitstream access, or network-sharing, in the UAE, despite beginning talks in 2009 and the government being the largest shareholder in both companies. Du ended Etisalat’s domestic monopoly in 2007 and both offer fixed-line telephone, broadband and television packages, but not in the same districts.