UAE (Country Regulation Overview)

Date: May 22, 2010
Pages: 15
US$ 1,495.00
Publisher: Ovum
Report type: Strategic Report
Delivery: E-mail Delivery (PDF)
ID: U639211D97CEN

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UAE (Country Regulation Overview)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) telecoms market is a duopoly, with incumbent Emirates Telecommunication Corporation (Etisalat) and Dubai-based Emirates Integrated Telecommunication (EITC) offering a full suite of fixed, mobile, and data services.

The regulator, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), has issued several regulations such as carrier pre-selection, carrier selection, local loop unbundling, and mobile number portability to encourage competition in the telecoms market. However, there have been ongoing delays in the implementation of many of these regulations at Etisalat’s end and the lack of clarity in final implementation timelines could make for a challenging competitive landscape for other service providers.
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Fixed market overview
Multi-play: dual, triple, and quadruple players
Mobile market overview
National regulatory authority
Competition authority
Key legislation and regulation
Current status of market analysis
Wireless licensing
3G licenses
Mobile TV services
Retail regulation
The retail market
Number portability
Quality of service
Wholesale fixed regulation
Services subject to regulation
Narrowband voice interconnection
Cost model for the reference interconnection offer
Leased circuit services
Narrowband flat-rate interconnection
Flat-rate Internet access call origination
Wholesale broadband services
Local loop unbundling
Wholesale line rental
Interconnection at international cable landing stations
Wholesale mobile regulation
Services subject to regulation
National roaming
Mobile termination charges
Mobile number portability
Wireless local loop
Competition cases
TRA fines Etisalat for non-compliance
Universal service
Universal service obligation


Table 1: UAE: mobile market information (4Q09)
Table 2: Fixed sector: services subject to regulation
Table 3: UAE: mobile services subject to regulation


Figure 1: Fixed-line subscribers in the UAE
Figure 2: Internet subscribers in the UAE
Figure 3: Mobile subscribers in the UAE
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