x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Etisalat plans multi-billion spending spree with 4G in sights

Etisalat plans to spend between Dh2 billion and Dh3 billion a year on infrastructure in the UAE.

Etisalat plans to spend up to Dh3 billion a year on infrastructure in the UAE, including the rollout of a new 4G mobile network, a senior executive said today.

Capital investment will be between Dh2 billion and Dh3 billion a year, said Nasser Bin Obood, the acting chief executive of Etisalat.

That expenditure will go on mobile networks, data cabling, and IT systems, he added.

"It is Dh2 billion to Dh3 billion... capital investment," said Mr Bin Obood. "A little is on 2G... some of it on 3G, some on 4G, and on the core IT, building cables."

Under a government ruling, the UAE's two telecoms operators Etisalat and du will soon start sharing the fixed-line infrastructure. "It is going fine... testing is going on," said Mr Bin Obood.

The operator's next-generation 4G mobile network will be launched "very soon", Mr Bin Obood added. "We will start with the main cities, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah," he said.

 

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