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Thu 11 Jan 2007 10:12 AM

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Du turns to Etisalat for remote coverage

The UAE’s second telco provider has said that its service will cover 85% of the emirates when it launches this year, but will have to rely on Etisalat for the remainder.

CEO Osman Sultan revealed there were many remote areas in the UAE where it was not possible for the operator to have immediate coverage and to service customers in these locations du would have to piggyback on its rival’s network.

“There will be some remote areas where coverage isn’t necessary to have, and we will use the Etisalat network,” Sultan told local newspaper Gulf News recently.

The CEO said calls made in these areas would be billed to customers under the du calling plan rather than as a roaming charge, which would cost more.

Under the infrastructure agreement made with Etisalat last month, du can share the incumbent operator’s network.

The launch of du’s commercial services has been hampered by technical problems.

The operator recently stated that it would be launching its mobile services in February or March rather than by the end of 2006 as originally intended.

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