Etisalat held its Annual General Meeting in Abu Dhabi on March 21, where shareholders backed the Board's recommendation to pay full-year 2017 dividends of 80 fils per share. H.E. Eissa Al-Suwaidi and H.E. Eissa Abdul Fattah Kazim have been appointed as Chairman and Vice President of Etisalat Group respectively. Al-Suwaidi was first appointed Chairman in 2012.
Lebanese mobile operator Alfa, managed by Egypt's Orascom Telecom, has partnered with Nokia for network evolution toward 5G. Nokia will deploy a 3G and LTE-Advanced Pro network using its 5G-ready AirScale equipment which will provide an enhanced voice and mobile broadband experience to Alfa's subscribers.
Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), the parent company of the du and Virgin Mobile UAE brands, held its Annual General Meeting on March 21, where its shareholders reviewed and discussed the company's annual report and financial statements for the year 2017. The company announced a record dividend payment to its shareholders for 2017 to AED 0.35 per share.
du, part of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) has been awarded the Advertiser of the Year prize by Dubai Lynx 2018, the MENA region's premier festival of creativity and recognized globally as a benchmark for creative excellence. The award is presented annually to an advertiser in the MENA region who sets itself apart through the high caliber of its creativity, allied with innovative marketing and communications campaigns over the past four years.
Saudi operator Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), in cooperation with Ericsson, is preparing an Internet of Things (IoT) program to be the first of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that aims to create an interactive platform between university students and staff in order to develop IoT locally and internationally.
Etisalat has announced the launch of its new 'Play on Demand' service for postpaid and prepaid customers, offering unlimited video streaming for only 5 fils per minute. This unique service will be available for a limited period only.
Sparkle, the international service arm of Italy's TIM Group, and Positive Technologies, a global provider of enterprise security solutions, announced the launch of Signalling Protection Suite, a new and full suite of security services for signaling connectivity.
For the first time in Europe, Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei, Vodafone Germany, and automotive engineering firm Bosch have successfully tested the extended usage of Cellular vehicle to everything (C-V2X R14) in combination with Bosch's Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) driver assistance system using pre-standard 5G.
UAE telecom provider Etisalat announced the launch of the UAE's first home Wi-Fi designed to deliver super-fast, reliable, and non-stop connectivity when deployed in every room. Etisalat's new Wi-Fi service called 'HomeZone' creates a strong, reliable signal to help eliminate dead spots.
Etisalat Digital, the UAE telco's digital transformation business unit, announced its strategic agreement with the UAE's Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) to provide them with machine to machine (M2M) connectivity solutions to empower their smart metering project that will provide advanced services to all FEWA customers.