Etisalat details overseas expansion plans

11 Jan 2005

United Arab Emirates-based telco Etisalat has said that it will soon launch GSM services in mainland Tanzania, followed by fixed line services in the Sudan later in the year. In addition, the company revealed that its Saudi Arabian mobile network is on schedule to launch commercially in March, with coverage expected to be extended beyond the 14 cities originally planned for the network. Etisalat is actively seeking other investment opportunities across the telecoms markets of Asia and Africa as growth in its domestic market begins to slow. At the end of 2004 Etisalat claimed 3.7 million mobile customers in the UAE, representing a penetration rate of around 88%. At the same date it had 1.2 million domestic fixed line subscribers and 340,000 internet customers, of which 40,000 were connected to the operator’s Al Shameel broadband ADSL service. The company expects broadband subscriptions to double during 2005.

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