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Etisalat today announced that it enabled at least one million students in the UAE to access distance learning websites and platforms using its advanced network, with more than 10 million mobile subscribers enjoying free browsing to over 800 websites related to education, health and safety.

To support and enable distance learning, free mobile data was made available - in coordination with the Ministry of Education and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) - to over 12,000 students whose families do not have Internet at home.

Etisalat also provided access to 9 apps and platforms, allowing visual and audio communications: Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Blackboard, Zoom, Skype for Business, Cisco Webex, Avaya Spaces, BlueJeans and Slack on Its fixed and mobile network in collaboration with the TRA. These are part of a bundle of Initiatives to support the education sector, ensuring a smooth functioning of remote learning processes.

These initiatives stem from Etisalat's corporate social responsibility strategy to utilise its resources and capabilities, empower the educational sector with state-of-the-art technology, and ensure seamless and effective connectivity across all learning platforms.

Keeping in line with its strategy 'Driving the digital future to empower societies', Etisalat is committed to support distance learning initiatives in the UAE following the ministry's decision to extend distance learning until the end of the current academic year. 

Etisalat will continue to offer all the connectivity tools and services students and teachers need, including the fastest fixed broadband and mobile network In the region, to ensure seamless continuity of the country’s education curriculum.

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