Gulf's No.2 telecom operator by planning to expand its "geographic footprint"
Etisalat, the Gulf's
No.2 telecom operator by market value, reported an 11 percent rise in
first-quarter profit on Sunday as its revenue and subscriber base increased and
capital expenditure and taxes declined.
The former monopoly, which operates in 15 countries
across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, made a net profit of AED2bn
($544.5m) in the three months to March 31, beating analysts' forecasts
Etisalat, which has agreed to buy Paris-listed
Vivendi's 53 percent stake in Maroc Telecom, generated quarterly revenue of AED9.9bn, up from AED9.6bn a year earlier.
The UAE remains Etisalat's core market, providing
AED6.5bn of quarterly revenue, up 8 percent from a year earlier to
account for almost two-thirds of the group total.
"We will continue to expand our service
offering and geographic footprint in order to diversify our revenue base,"
Ahmad Julfar, Etisalat chief executive, said in the statement.
"Africa remains a strategic region for our
First-quarter capital spending fell 14 percent to
The UAE government has introduced a new royalty -
or tax - regime for Etisalat and its rival operator du.
This has eased the tax burden on Etisalat slightly,
with the company paying an effective royalty rate of 48 percent on its
first-quarter profit, down from 50 percent a year earlier.
Etisalat had 145 million subscribers as of
March-end, up 3 percent from a year earlier.
Another obscene profit for Etisalat from UAE. UAE is only 2 million out of the 145 million subscriber base and still they account for 70% of the revenue.
With all the talk of profit and so on, the latest news from the giant is that staff are being terminated for no fault of theirs - some in June and some in Dec this year. The way the redundancies are planned and carried out is just unbelievable - some guys have just joined about three months or so and they are asked to leave whilst some old timers are also being sent on their bikes - classic case of shooting the trusted soldier in his back.
And still they block FaceTime!