Etisalat highlights 150m subscribers milestone
Barcelona, Spain, February 25, 2014
The Etisalat Group, a leading telecoms operator in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, has achieved the milestone of reaching 150 million subscribers across 15 international markets, said the company’s CEO.
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar was delivering his keynote speech at the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, when he praised the UAE Government initiative to provide its citizens with world class Smart Government services.
“Today, Etisalat plays a key role in the Mobile Government strategy of the UAE and is on course to achieve 100 per cent Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) penetration - a world-first,” Julfar said.
“We were the first network in the Middle East to launch GSM, Internet services, 3-G and LTE. What is fascinating in this dynamic growth journey is the transformational role that mobile plays - to enrich people’s lives. At no time in human history has one technology revolutionized the way we do business, the way we are entertained, and ultimately, the way we live.”
Julfar said that the support of the UAE Government and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority helped drive the advancement of the country’s telecom sector. “We hope to replicate similar success across all our high growth international markets that we operate in, with the support of all stakeholders.”
Highlighting the growth achieved in Saudi Arabia, where Mobily, Etisalat’s operating brand, is the second largest operator in the Kingdom and has one of the world’s busiest data networks with 1.3 petabytes consumed daily, Julfar said the company is also actively participating in various Mobile for Development programmes in Africa.
Presenting an optimistic picture of the telecom industry globally, Julfar said the sector is entering a brand new era, but the most critical driver of growth will be “the ability of the telecom providers to adapt, change and innovate.”
Noting the way customers are migrating online services from computers to their smart phones, he added: “We see a new wave of connectivity, where Big Data meets Big Community and where the demand for products and services is outgrowing any other industry.” – TradeArabia News Service