Du Seeks resolution Over Landline Sharing with Etisalat
Published on: 2nd Nov 2013
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UAE based Du has expressed frustration that it is still restricted to specific geographic areas in the country for its landline services, even though it is supposed to have a network sharing agreement with rival network, Etisalat.
Du's CEO Osman Sultan voiced frustration at the situation, even though the two companies have been in negotiations for four years over the issue.
"It's clear we are disadvantaged because of the limited geographical zone where we can connect customers. Opening this to the entire nation, it's clearly a game changer," Sultan told reporters on a conference call.
Du and Etisalat have settled the technical issues of sharing their networks, but are still arguing over the financial details.
The company wants nationwide coverage for its landline services so that it can sell bundled products to its mobile customer base.
"Being able to bundle this properly will become more and more important - this is an important track of growth that we are deprived of today," said Sultan.
Both Du and Etisalat are majority owned by the government.