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Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
Traded as ADX: Etisalat
Industry Telecommunications
Founded 5 October 1976 (1976-10-05)
Headquarters Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Key people
Eissa Al Suwaidi Chairman
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar Group CEO
Saleh Al Abdooli CEO UAE
Products Fixed line and mobile telephony, Internet services, digital television
Revenue AED 32.9 billion (2012)
AED 13.2 billion (2012)
Total assets AED 42.6 billion (2010)
Number of employees
42,000 (2014)

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation, branded trade name Etisalat (Arabic: اتصالاتittiṣālāt, literally "communications"), is a multinational UAE based telecommunications services provider, currently operating in 15 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. As of February 2014, Etisalat is the 17th largest mobile network operator in the world, with a total customer base of more than 150 million.[1] Etisalat was named the most powerful company in the UAE by Forbes Middle East in 2012.[2]

On 4 March 2014, Etisalat reported net revenue of US$10.6 billion (AED 38.85 billion) and net profits of USD US$1.93bn (AED 7.08 billion).[3] The total market capitalization of the company in 2012 was $22 billion (AED 81 billion).[4] It is one of the only two telecommunications service provider companies in the country, the other one being Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du).

Etisalat is one of the Internet hubs in the Middle East (AS8966), providing connectivity to other telecommunications operators in the region. It is also the largest carrier of international voice traffic in the Middle East and Africa and the 12th largest voice carrier in the world.[5] As of October 2008, Etisalat has 510 roaming agreements covering 186 countries and enabling BlackBerry, 3G, GPRS and voice roaming.[6] Etisalat operates Points of Presence (PoP) in New York, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore. In December 2011 Etisalat announced the commercial launch of Etisalat 4G "Long Term Evolution" (LTE) Network.[7]


  • History 1
  • Business units 2
  • Sponsorship 3
  • Etisalat International Investments / Etisalat Group 4
    • Free Libyana – Libya 4.1
    • Mobily – Saudi Arabia 4.2
    • PTCL – Pakistan 4.3
    • Etisalat Egypt 4.4
    • Canar – Sudan 4.5
    • Etisalat Nigeria 4.6
    • Zantel – Tanzania 4.7
    • Atlantique Telecom/Moov – West Africa 4.8
    • XL Axiata – Indonesia 4.9
    • Etisalat – Afghanistan 4.10
    • Etisalat – Iran (defunct) 4.11
    • Etisalat – Sri Lanka 4.12
    • Etisalat – India 4.13
  • Etisalat UAE 5
  • Internet services 6
  • Internet censorship 7
  • BlackBerry controversy 8
  • Acquisition of PTCL and Parliamentary Inquiry 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


Emirates Telecommunication Corporation – Etisalat was founded in 1976 as a joint-stock company between International Aeradio Limited, a British Company, and local partners. In 1983 the ownership structure changed – United Arab Emirates government held a 60% share in the company and the remaining 40% were publicly traded.

In 1991 the UAE central government issued Federal Law No. 1, which gave the corporation the right to provide the telecommunications wired and wireless services in the country and between UAE and other countries. It also gave the firm the right to issue licenses for owning, importing, manufacturing, using or operating telecommunication equipment. This practically gave Etisalat both regulatory and control powers, which completed the monopoly of the telecom giant in the UAE. In order to safeguard the country's economic development, the law made provisions for the development of the telecommunication sector in the country.

The increase of exchange lines from 36,000 in 1976 to more than 737,000 in 1998 was one of the important indicators of Etisalat network's growth and development.

An important milestone was PTCL's commencement of cellular operations in January 2001, when under the brand name of Ufone it started operating out of Islamabad. It became the part of Etisalat after the privatisation of the PTCL in 2005.[8]

Today Etisalat stands 140th among the Financial Times Top 500 Corporations in the world in terms of market capitalisation, and is ranked by The Middle East magazine as the 6th largest company in the Middle East in terms of capitalization and revenues. The Corporation is the largest contributor outside the oil sector to development programmes of the UAE Federal Government.

Etisalat has also won accolades from across the region for its nationalization programme.[9]

In July 2013, Vivendi announced it would sell its 53% stake in Maroc Telecom to Etisalat for around $4.2 billion.[10]

Business units

In addition to its

  • (Official portal of Etisalat UAE)
  • (Official portal of Pakistan Telecom Company)
  • (Etisalat Cable and Multimedia)
  • (eMarine – Submarine Cable Laying Unit)
  • (Ebtikar Card Systems)
  • (Software Arm of Etisalat UAE)
  • (Etisalat Egypt)
  • (Mobily – Etisalat in KSA)
  • (Etisalat Afghanistan)
  • (Canar – Etisalat in Sudan)
  • (Atlantique Telecom's brand in West Africa)
  • (Etisalat Nigeria)
  • (Etisalat University College)
  • (Atlantique Telecom)
  • (etisalat Sri Lanka)
  • (etisalat India)

External links

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  16. ^ "e-Vision website". Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
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  18. ^ "E-Marine PJSC". Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
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  35. ^ Etisalat Nigeria to invest $500 million this year,  
  36. ^ Etisalat launches maiden Africa prize for literature - Xinhua | (2013-06-06). Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
  37. ^ "XL Axiata Presentation Pg23" (PDF). Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  38. ^ [8] Archived 6 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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  40. ^ "Etisalat officially secures third mobile license in Iran". Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  41. ^ "etisalat loses Iran licence". gulfnews. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  42. ^ "Millicom International Cellular: Completion of Sale of Millicom`s Sri Lanka Operation". Reuters. 16 October 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  43. ^ 'Daily News''"'". Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  44. ^ Financial Times of Sri Lanka
  45. ^ "Swan Telecom a front for Anil Ambani: CAG". The Times of India. 17 November 2010. 
  46. ^ Telecom Renamed Etisalat Telecom India Pvt. Ltd.
  47. ^ Sinha, Prabhakar (2 June 2010). "UAE's Etisalat in talks to buy 25% stake in Reliance Communications". The Times of India (India). 
  48. ^ "Telco director in 2G muddle says not linked to D-Company-Telecom-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times on Mobile". 3 December 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  49. ^ "2G scam: SC questions PM`s silence". 17 November 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  50. ^ "Home ministry blocks Etisalat DB’s 2G ambitions". Hindustan Times. India. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  51. ^ Bafna, Sanjay. (2012-09-05) Etisalat Will Not Bid for India’s 2G Spectrum Auction Scheduled in November. Retrieved on 2013-07-28.
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See also

Matter is still under investigation by the committee under his chairmanship and house is waiting for the committee's report.

The committee also expressed reservations over the exclusion of Telephone Industries of Pakistan from the privatization process, which was a subsidiary of PTCL.

The committee expressed its reservations over the entire privatization process and said, "it seems as if the previous government wanted to get rid of PTCL which was a profit earning entity at the time of its privatisation."

The Performance under control to Etisalat, PtCl wealth declined. For four years, before privatization, profit after tax increased from approximately 18 billion to more than 27 billion rupees, which is the rate corresponding to 11 percent annually.

In June 2005, Etisalat $2.6 billion bid beat those of Singapore Telecom and China mobile for the purchase of a 26 per cent stake in PTCL, Pakistan’s telecom operator. Etisalat has management control with 26 per cent shares of PTCL, which was in 2006 for US$2.6 billion and is withholding $ 799,000,000 worth of initial payments to the Pakistani Government, part of the company’s 2006 properties with the acquisition in PTCL registered in name.

It was told to the House that the SPA is completed and the transaction was made without the privatization of the Commission Council in confidence, adding that Etisalat 800 million U.S. dollars has kept the sport of land issue be transferred to the UAE-based company. Also, it was found out that around 3,500 properties were to be transferred to Etisalat which also comprise lands not even owned by federal or any provincial government rather either those are private properties are under litigation.

"The part of the privatisation of PTCL was not transparent. It was made in violation of the rules and procedures, said the minister replied to a question, and later, the House referred the matter to the National Assembly Standing Committee on Privatisation for sin.

On 1 Jan 2011, The Federal Minister for Privatisation Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan Wednesday revealed before the National Assembly that the privatization deal of PTCL with Etisalat was not transparent and made in violation of rules and procedures.

The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee on IT and Telecom criticized PTCL’s administration over its inability to fulfil obligations made to the government. On 20 December 2010, the committee met under the chairmanship of Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir, at the parliament house to probe into the privatization of PTCL. After hearing the officials of both the ministries, the committee declared that despite having outstanding financial portfolio, PTCL was privatized to an entity which did not fulfill contractual obligations despite the grant of concessions by the government.

Acquisition of PTCL and Parliamentary Inquiry

Due to concerns with the security and the provisioning of legal interception for Blackberry non-voice services, on 1 Aug 2010, the Telecommunication Regularity Authority of the UAE instructed Etisalat that all Blackberry e-mail, internet and messenger functions must be suspended on 1 Oct 2010.[64] However, an agreement between Blackberry's developer Research in Motion and UAE's telecom regulator has been reached, and the announced BlackBerry services suspension has been canceled.

On 27 December 2009, both Etisalat and Du (telco) have been mandated by the UAE telecom regulator to start filtering BlackBerry users' web access and block illegal content.[63]

Research in Motion, BlackBerry's developer, acknowledged[62] that the patch was a form of spyware, and issued a removal patch on 20 July.

In July 2009, Etisalat pushed an update to BlackBerry devices operating on the telecom's national network, citing performance improvements. However, it was later discovered[59] that the update contained eavesdropping software, developed by the US-based software development company SS8, which specializes in electronic surveillance. It is reported that the software enabled the company to monitor and forward communications on BlackBerry devices to their servers.[60][61]

BlackBerry controversy

The overall efficiency of the country-wide content filtering is unclear, as many of the technologically savvy users have discovered tools and methods to bypass the content filter, such as using Tor.

There are claims that Etisalat breaks the rules of net neutrality by throttling peer-to-peer, gaming and other types of network traffic in order to reduce the load on its oversubscribed international links. The effect of this interference is most noticeable during weekends or periods of high network use.

The type of content that is restricted by Etisalat includes:

Etisalat operates an Internet content filtering system that blocks access to web resources. The web resources are claimed to be controversial or offensive (i.e. sexually explicit content, certain political and religious websites, anonymizers and proxies) or harmful (i.e. numeric IP addresses, known phishing or malicious websites, botnet command servers). The use of content filtering is mandated by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates.

Page Blocked Notice

Internet censorship

On 1 June 2013 Etisalat announced that it will provide free local and national high-definition calls across the UAE. Later that week, corporate, private, public and government sectors in the country were provided with better business IT solutions when Etisalat launched its first cloud service in the UAE.

Dial-up and ISDN Internet access services are billed by the hour, whereas the domestic and residential cable and DSL connections have a fixed monthly rate depending on speed. Other Internet links, aimed at business users, have traffic utilization plans and relatively high rates when exceeding the allocated bandwidth quota. This has caused bad publicity for Etisalat and is a major source of criticism.

Etisalat also operates iZone, a system of Wi-FI hotspots in central locations, such as shopping malls, restaurants, and sheesha cafes. iZone can be accessed by either purchasing prepaid cards, or if using an existing account .

  • 3G Mobile Internet access
  • 4G Mobile Internet access[7]
  • Broadband Internet services (Al Shamil[55] and eLife[56])
  • Prepaid and post-paid dialup Internet access

Some of the Internet services for home users that Etisalat offers include:

The number of Etisalat's Internet subscribers reportedly stands at 1.02 million.[54]

Internet services

The Northern Emirates regional center is based in Sharjah and covers the telecom's operations in the emirates of Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah.

In the UAE, Etisalat operates where mobile penetration is already among the highest in the world "200%",[52] Etisalat became known for its efforts to roll out its Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network in the UAE. By the end of 2009 Etisalat had completed the FTTH roll-out for 85% of households in Abu Dhabi, positioning the UAE’s capital as the first in the world to be covered by fibre.[53]

Abu Dhabi Region

Etisalat UAE is headquartered in Abu Dhabi and includes three regional offices – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Northern Emirates.

Etisalat UAE

On 22 February 2012, Etisalat announced that it will cease operations in India post cancellation of its licenses by Supreme Court of India. It issued notice to its subscribers, giving them 30 days to change operator. On 5 September 2012, Etisalat announced that it would not bid for spectrum in the November 2012 2G spectrum auction. In a released statement the company said, "Etisalat Group has decided not to participate in the auction as it is not willing to re-participate after being canceled its owned licences. Following the publication by Department of Telecomm (DoT) – India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of the information memorandum for the planned auction of spectrum in 1800 MHz and 800 MHz bands, the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) wishes to confirm that it has decided not to participate in the auction."[51]

  1. The vice chairman, Shahid Balwa should not be involved in the operations of the company in any capacity, because of his connections with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim,.[48]
  2. The MHA raised objections about the commercial relationship between the Dubai-based Etisalat Group and China's Huawei. The MHA suspects, Huawei has links with China's People's Liberation Army – the country's military organisation of all land, sea, strategic missile and air forces – and has the capacity to manipulate equipment supply.
  3. It raised objections about Etisalat's presence in Pakistan and its connection with Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI.[49] Etisalat owns a 26% stake in Pakistan Telecommunications and has a subscriber base of 3 million in Afghanistan.
  4. The MHA has also expressed concerns about the telecom surveillance software Etisalat had used in a Blackberry service it had introduced in the UAE and recommended that the company should not be allowed to offer Blackberry services in India.[50]

In 2010, following the $39 billion 2G spectrum scam, Etisalat DB, the Indian subsidiary of the company, was stopped from buying a stake in a Chennai-based company due to objections raised by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). Etisalat DB was not allowed to buy back the 5.27 per cent stake held by Chennai-based Genex Exim Ventures since the home ministry raised objections based largely on security concerns. The MHA had pointed out four issues that needed to be resolved before allowing the company to come into Etisalat DB, a company that got scarce 2G spectrum at allegedly throwaway prices.

In 2009 Etisalat has announced that its Indian unit, erstwhile Swan Telecom (owned by Dynamix Balwas Realty and Reliance Communications),[45] headquartered in Mumbai, is renamed to Etisalat DB Telecom India Pvt. Ltd[46] The business unit has been awarded Unified Services Access License in 15 circles – Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Uttar Pradesh (East), Uttar Pradesh (West), Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. In April 2010 Etisalat began signal testing in Chennai [IND 922], Delhi & NCR [IND 913], Maharashtra & Goa [IND 919], Mumbai [IND 916] and Gujarat[IND 914]. In May 2010, Etisalat was in talks to buy 25% stake in Reliance Communications,[47] but the deal was not finalised.

Etisalat – India

Etisalat Lanka was recently mentioned in the UNCTAD Information Economy Report of 2012 for the Android Eco System it had been able to develop in Sri Lanka. It was commended for its inclusive policy and several other innovations done in the market such as the AppZone (Sri Lanka's first independent 3rd party app store and the Book Hub, Sri Lanka's first eBook store) Many governments are now looking at this eco system and how it can too be implemented in their respective countries.

Etisalat Lanka operates a GSM/EDGE supported network using 900 / 1800 MHz. The company on 5 May 2011 launched HSPA+ services over 2100 MHz, becoming the first LTE ready mobile network in the country.[43] Dual Carrier HSPA+ services was launched on 15 August 2012 by Etisalat Sri Lanka, the first operator in South Asia to do so.[44]

Tigo (Sri Lanka) under the brand name CELLTEL started operations in June 1989 on a Motorola TACS system and was the first cellular operator in Sri Lanka as well as South Asia. In January 2007, Millicom replaced the local CELLTEL brand with Tigo, their international brand. In February 2010, Tigo was rebranded as Etisalat.

Etisalat acquired the Sri Lankan Operation of Millicom International Cellular (MIC), Tigo (Sri Lanka) on 16 October 2009. The acquisition was completed with a total enterprise value of $207 million, out of which $155 million was in cash.[42]

Etisalat – Sri Lanka

Etisalat had planned to invest over $5 billion (AED 18.39 billion) over a period of five years,[41] but following the license suspension all plans for launching operation in Iran have been put on hold.

In January 2009 Etisalat in consortium with Tamin Telecom (a subsidiary of the Iranian Social Security Organization (SSO)) won the bid for running the third mobile services operator in the Islamic Republic of Iran.[40] The license included an exclusive two-year agreement for 3G services provisioning, but in Sep 2009 the licence was revoked and given to its local partner, Tamin Telecom.

Etisalat – Iran (defunct)

Etisalat Afghanistan is a newly established GSM operator, 90% owned by Etisalat.[38] It was established in May 2006 after the UAE telecom won the license to operate the fourth mobile services provider in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Etisalat's bid for the license was US$1.2 billion (AED 4.4 billion) and services were launched in August 2007.[29] Etisalat Afghanistan operates out of Kabul and as of 3 March 2010, the company has achieved 24 per cent market share in 27 provinces of Afghanistan.[39]

Etisalat – Afghanistan

Indonesia-based mobile services operator PT XL Axiata (formerly PT Excelcomindo Pratama) is Etisalat’s first acquisition in the Far East. In December 2007 Etisalat took a 15.97% stake after paying US$438 million (AED 1.6 billion). At the time of the acquisition XL had 15 million mobile subscribers.[29] As of Q2 2011, Axiata's mobile subscribers are about 38.8m.[37]

XL Axiata – Indonesia

In Africa, Etisalat acquired 50% of Atlantique Telecom’s shares in April 2005. Based in the Ivory Coast, AT owns mobile operators in Benin, Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger, Central African Republic, Gabon and Ivory Coast. In 2007, Etisalat increased its shares in AT to 70% and again in May 2008, to 82%. AT group subscribers totaled 2.9 million at the end of 2007, which is a 107% increase from of Benin, honoured Etisalat chairman, Mohammad Hassan Omran during a ceremony to celebrate Etisalat’s efforts in developing and promoting the telecommunications sector in Benin.

Atlantique Telecom/Moov – West Africa

ETISALAT bought 65% of Zantel Tanzania's shares and are joint owners with The Government of Zanzibar (18%) and Meeco International of Tanzania (17%). Zantel has grown rapidly since the takeover by ETISALAT and as of June 2007 it was the fastest growing operator in the region. Zantel has its own international gateway and was the first to reduce rates on international calls by 60%. Zantel was the first to introduce wireless internet in Tanzania. Zantel was also the first to introduce per second billing in Tanzania. Zantel offers Internet and High Speed Data Network in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. In June 2015, Etisalat sold it's stake in Zantel to Millicom.

Zantel – Tanzania

See also the Etisalat Prize for Innovation, established for African Internet expansion.

In April 2013, Etisalat Nigeria announced it would invest $500 million to expand its network, enabling further potential market growth of 17%.[35] In June 2013, it launched the Etisalat Prize for Literature the first pan-African prize for debut published writers.[36]

Etisalat signed an agreement to acquire 40% of and manage Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services (EMTS), Nigeria’s fourth GSM operator, it began commercial operations trading as Etisalat Nigeria in October 2008.[32] It is now operating with over 14 million subscribers,[33] and launched one of the first major broadband services in Nigeria – EasyBlaze.[34] Etisalat is known for its innovative products and services such as the Eco Sim and the first network to offer special numbers to Nigerians as their mobile numbers via the 0809uchoose campaign.

Etisalat Nigeria

Canar was launched on 27 November 2005.[30] The operator is reported to use NGN and Wireless Local Loop (WLL) technologies for its voice, data, internet and multimedia services. Canar is one of the first operators in Africa to use an NGN network core.[31]

Etisalat is one of the founding partner companies of Canar Telecom, a fixed-line telecom services operator. In September 2007 Etisalat has raised its stake in Canar from 37% to 82% at an estimated cost of AED 584.17 million (US$159 million).[29]

Canar – Sudan

In 2007, at the Comms MEA Awards ceremony Etisalat was presented with the ‘Best New Entrant’ award for its Egyptian operations. Award winners were selected by a panel of experts from KPMG, the Arab Advisors Group and Oliver Wyman, Dubai.[28]

In July 2006, a consortium led by Etisalat was granted the rights to develop Egypt's third mobile network, with a winning bid of 16.7 billion Egyptian pounds (EUR €2.29 billion euro).[26] The venture, Etisalat Egypt, competes with existing service providers Vodafone and Mobinil. On 12 September 2006, it was announced that the network would be built by Ericsson of Sweden, and Huawei of China, at a cost of approximately US$1.2 billion.[27]

Etisalat Egypt

Among the acquisitions of Etisalat in 2005 was a 26% management stake in Pakistan Telecommunications (PTCL) that was put on sale by the Government of Pakistan as part of a large privatization initiative. In order to outbid competitors (which included Singapore Telecommunications and China Mobile), Etisalat offered US$2.56 billion for the stake. According to some analysts, the telecom has overpaid, as the bid went far beyond the estimated $2 billion value of the package.[25]

PTCL – Pakistan

One of Etisalat's first international investments was the bid to become the second mobile services operator in Saudi Arabia. Etihad Etisalat, a consortium led by Etisalat, won the 2G GSM license by offering US$ $3.25 billion. Currently operating under the brand name Mobily, Etihad Etisalat offers Saudi Arabia subscribers conventional and 3.5G mobile telephony services, and has floated shares on the Saudi stock market.

Mobily – Saudi Arabia

The Emirati government, as part of its support to the National Transitional Council in the course of the 2011 Libyan civil war, requested that Etisalat assist the NTC restore mobile communications to the rebel-held areas of Libya, which had been cut off by the government of Muammar Gaddafi. Etisalat provided the equipment needed to restore the main mobile network of Libyana, the primary carrier in the country, to full capacity, and obtained a Tripoli-based database of phone numbers gives them information necessary to patch existing Libyana customers and phone numbers into their new system—which has been dubbed "Free Libyana." It includes a satellite feed through which the Free Libyana calls can be routed.[24]

Free Libyana – Libya

The International Investments unit, and its management team, was re-structured into Etisalat Group, and Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar was appointed as Group CEO in 2011.[23]

The International Investments unit also manages Etisalat's minor stakes in other telecommunications services providers, such as Sudatel (a mobile, fixed and Internet services provider in Sudan), XL Axiata in Indonesia, and Qtel (Qatar-based telecommunications services provider).

Etisalat International Investments was the business unit of Etisalat that operates telecom operations outside the UAE and manages the corporation's stakes in telecommunications carriers in Afghanistan, Benin, the Central African Republic, Gabon, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Niger, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Etisalat International Investments / Etisalat Group


The Etisalat Chairman is : Eissa Al Suwaidi =, the Etisalat Group CEO is : Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar

In 2006 Etisalat started a major restructuring program that resulted in the de-merger of many of its non-core business units operating under the telecom's centralized and direct management; core services were consolidated and streamlined, reflecting the company's shift from a technology-driven telecom to a customer-focused services provider.[20] As part of the program, Etisalat launched a re-branding campaign, releasing a new corporate logo and identity in May 2006. The restructuring culminated in the incorporation of Etisalat Services Holding LLC, which as of 2008 oversees the operation of Etisalat's non-telecom business units with huge success stories .

Etisalat is a major investor in Thuraya (34.5%),[19] a satellite geo-mobile communication systems provider.

). [18] as well as submarine cable laying services (eMarine[17]), facilities management (EFM),[16]),cable TV (eVision[15]), call center (The Contact Centre[14]), peering/voice and data transit (Emirates Internet Exchange – EMIX[13]), data clearing house services (EDCH[12]), SIM/smart card manufacturing and payment solutions (Ebtikar[11]

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