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12 months before du, Etisalat compete for TV customers

du CEO says network sharing for TV more complicated

12 months before du, Etisalat compete for TV customers

The infrastructure sharing agreement that will allow customers in the UAE to choose their TV providers will not become a reality for at least another year, du's chief executive has said.

As part of the UAE telcos’ infrastructure sharing agreement, customers will be allowed to choose between Etisalat and du for fixed voice, broadband access and TV at home, regardless of location.

The first phase of the agreement will allow for competition in fixed voice and fixed broadband access only, with a rollout at a later stage for TV services.

Speaking to The National on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, du CEO Osman Sultan said it could take a year before customers are able to choose their TV provider.

“I think a 12 months period or a year framework would be a reasonable guess. It is a little bit complicated to get the TV connection,” said Sultan, whose company is likely to benefit greatly from the new agreement.

The first phase of the in infrastructure sharing, which will ultimately allow free competition between Etisalat and du, is likely to come into force by the end of this year.

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