du, in collaboration with MasterCard, has launched the all-new and exclusive Smartphone Privilege Offer for customers holding Platinum or World MasterCard cards. By subscribing to either the Emirati or Elite Super Plan, customers will enjoy a range of exciting new benefits, created exclusively for them.
These benefits include customers’ choice of the latest smartphones at a special, discounted cost and an additional 10GB of data. Customers will also receive all the standard benefits that come with a post-paid plan from du, such as bundled free local and international minutes and SMS, all from as little as $54.4 a month with a year-long contract.
Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, du said that they are pleased to announce this collaboration, which will give their MasterCard-toting customers even more added value. Their Elite Super and Emirati Plans offer incredible value with their benefits, and, when paired with a Smartphone Privilege Plan, their customers receive the very best in bonuses as they add life to their life in the most exciting and surprising ways.
With five exciting new data bundles from du, accessing internet on the go has never been easier. Whether one uses a smartphone, tablet or du’s 4G LTE internet key to access online content, one can now choose from one of five affordable packages, tailored to suit customers’ browsing needs.
Each of the packages are easy to subscribe to and offer more savings for more browsing time, with the option of a one-off package or a monthly recurring subscription.
Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, du said that accessing the internet is as much a right as it is a pleasure in today’s world, and they are pleased to announce their newest data bundles that offer online time to suit everyone’s budget.
The five bundles are suitable for Ultra Light, Light, Medium, Heavy and Ultra Heavy usage. Postpaid customers (Elite/Monthly plan or Monthly data line) have three methods to subscribe. They can: SMS ‘Data Help’ for free to 1355 and follow the steps; use IVR by dialing 135 for free from their du mobile, or they can visit du.ae/selfcare. Subscriptions will be automatically renewed monthly for postpaid customers.
Prepaid customers (Pay as you Go or Pay as you Go Data Line) can purchase their bundle by recharging with the WoW ‘more data’ option. To subscribe, they can: dial *131*, enter the recharge card number and press the call key to recharge or visit du.ae/selfcare. Pay as you Go° Data Line customers can use the Easy Pay page by visiting du.ae/recharge from their mobile device, connecting through mobile broadband.
In order to make international roaming affordable, Vodafone India has introduced new international roaming pack for its customers in India. Vodafone, in order to keep its position intact in the Telecom Sector adopts a new strategy to lure customers. It has reduced its international roaming charges by 60 percent for Voice, Data and SMS, all in a single pack.
The offer is applicable in 40 countries on specific partners and is available till September 30, 2012. To enjoy the services, customers has to pay a rental of $26.2 that is valid for 30 days or are required to send an SMS ACT VROAM to 111 from the home network.
According to reports Chief Commercial Officer, Vodafone India, Sanjoy Mukherjee said, that the latest offering addresses the latent needs of customers travelling to multiple countries with a single pack on one number and one-time rental, thus making international roaming a worry-free experience.
According to the company, voice hubbing service demonstrated the company’s unique capability in the region to aggregate large volumes of traffic to key destinations. The service leverages voice bilateral agreements established by du with over 100 major global carriers.
According to Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, Du, the company handles four billion minutes of international traffic annually. Such volumes provide them with a very strong base on which to negotiate better termination rates on behalf of their Middle East and Asian carrier partners wishing to outsource their voice interconnection.
Du’s voice hubbing service is supported by a newly commissioned IT platform delivering state-of-the-art wholesale billing and a minimal cost, fully automated routing system.
Faraidooni noted that Carrier partners choosing to join the Du voice hub will be assured guaranteed traffic continuity over premium direct routes. Combined with Du’s flexible service support, 24/7 monitoring capabilities and a dedicated international carrier relations account team, the Du voice hubbing service will quickly become a major gateway for traffic in and out of the region.
USA based WiMAX network, Clearwire’s CEO Bill Morrow has resigned from the post with immediate effect citing personal reasons.
This is not the first time he has left a company for “personal reasons”. He was the famed “turnaround guru” at Vodafone Japan until he suddenly resigned – for personal reasons – in July 2006, only to then take a job at an energy firm just a few months later.
Clearwire’s Chairman, John Stanton has been named the firm’s interim CEO while a permanent successor can be found.
In addition, Erik Prusch, Clearwire’s CFO, has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), while Hope Cochran, Clearwire’s Senior Vice President and treasurer will take over as CFO. Cochran will be responsible for all of the company’s financial and investor related functions, including overseeing Clearwire’s ongoing fundraising efforts.
The company also announced that Mike Sievert, Chief Commercial Officer, and Kevin Hart, CIO, are both leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.
According to the company, the changes in executive leadership are not expected to impact the company’s progress on an agreement with Sprint to resolve wholesale pricing disputes. Clearwire believes that an agreement with Sprint is imminent.
European satellite operator, SES ASTRA has launched a new service that aims to provide communities in areas without conventional broadband internet access with its satellite-based broadband service ASTRA2Connect.
The so-called sub-distribution service allows telecoms firms to offer satellite-based broadband connections via the existing last mile infrastructure.
The sub-distribution allows SES ASTRA to provide small communities in the white spots with broadband connections of up to 6 Mbit/s without households needing to install a satellite antenna at their homes. The satellite broadband connection is installed at the street cabinet of the community, and that is then connected to the customer’s home through the existing landline phone network in the village.
End customers only need a standard DSL modem, to access the broadband internet.
According to Norbert H¶lzle, Chief Commercial Officer at SES ASTRA, they are very proud to be able to contribute to the current broadband discussion with such an innovative solution. Their sub-distribution solution bears an enormous potential to close the white spots in Germany while promoting cooperation between infrastructure providers and telco operators at the same time. They are convinced that they are offering an attractive service for communities, internet service providers and end customers alike.
du launches new Point of Presence in partnership with Saudi Telecom for seamless inter-office connectivity between UAE and KSA
Recognizing the need for optimum connectivity between businesses in the UAE and MENA region, du today announced a partnership with leading KSA operator Saudi Telecom to launch a new Point of Presence (PoP) in the UAE. The PoP is a multiservice node that will enable the delivery of secure and reliable inter-office connectivity, meaning du’s enterprise customers and carrier partners will benefit from seamless data services between the UAE and KSA.
Launching the facility, Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer of du, said,: “With this latest PoP, in collaboration with, we can now include KSA in our carrier grade global Virtual Private Network solution for our UAE based business clients as well as providing our Carrier Partners with a One-Stop-Shop solution for transit services into KSA. We are dedicated to providing businesses with reliable and secure data services between their offices in the UAE and across the region, and this new service will mean our business customers and carriers can operate cross-country with increased ease, convenience and peace of mind.”
du’s UAE based business clients can now enjoy a number of benefits including the extension of carrier grade Virtual Private Network (VPN) to their KSA based office, a multiple class of service offering to cater to different office applications and a one-stop-shop for their global VPN solution. In addition, Carrier Partners will benefit from seamless IP Data Services between UAE and KSA, greater reach in respective markets for data service connectivity, and a one-stop-shop offering for services into KSA.
STC General Manager of Marketing, Abdulhameed Al Hamad, stated: “We are pleased to announce the establishment of our latest PoP in the UAE. This is a major milestone in our Saudi Global Management.
Network “SGMN” rollout into major regional economic hubs including the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, India, UK and Singapore, and we look forward to working with du to provide premium data services between offices based in the UAE and here in KSA. SGMN is a global Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) and available in key hub destinations around the world. As one of the largest regional Internet Protocol (IP-based) networks, it provides services for leading global enterprises from a variety of industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, logistics, as well as oil & gas and pharmaceutical industry. SGMN network is based on the latest state-of-art technology and is extremely reliable and diverse”.
“STC has a solid track record of successful cooperation with du and we believe that STC’s strengths within the Kingdom and the region and du’s network in UAE will make this a very exciting and complementary partnership for the overall benefit of our domestic and international customers, “Abdulhameed Al Hamad added.
du’s International Carrier Relations (ICR) strategy is to focus on the interconnection of the GCC regional carrier MPLS network to expand its IP Data Services reach to all major GCC countries and to provide seamless Layer 2 Ethernet VPN and Layer 3 IP MPLS VPN services.
This deal will allow any of Etisalat’s Operating Companies to benefit from O3b services under a separate bilateral agreement.
The five year agreement will witness O3b provide mobile backhaul, trunking and next generation services to Etisalat’s subsidiaries.
According to John Finney, Chief Commercial Officer, O3b Networks, Ltd, they are delighted to have reached this agreement with Etisalat Group. Continuous availability of right priced, bulk capacity will enable carriers like Etisalat Group OpCos to meet their long term capacity needs. This deal further highlights the demand for O3b’s quality offer of faster, more affordable connectivity available to everyone.
O3b Networks is supported by SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina and Satya Capital.
Du has announced that it will be deploying Alcatel-Lucent supplied femtocells for its fixed and mobile converged services, scheduled for launch by the end of 2010.
Accordig to Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer (du), Alcatel-Lucent’s expertise enables them to provide their customers with the fastest and highest-quality network connectivity – across fixed and mobile, both indoors and outdoors. Building on Alcatel-Lucent’s Small Cells approach, they can satisfy the increasingly demanding mobile service requirements of their residential and business subscribers – answering their need for crystal-clear voice and high-speed data services, no matter where they are and through any 3G-enabled device.
Alcatel-Lucent will provide its end-to-end Femto-based 9360 Small Cell portfolio – consisting of the 9361 Home Cell, the 9362 Enterprise Cell, the 9366 Small Cell Gateway, and Small Cell Management & Customer Care systems.
Alcatel-Lucent’s small cells automatically come into service without requiring any manual configuration by the end-user. Moreover, du will benefit from Bell Labs’ self-organizing network (SON) innovation, reducing handover failures by as much as 80%.
As per the top official of the company, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, popularly known as du, is confident that the infrastructure sharing deal with fellow telecom giant Etisalat will be rolled out by the first quarter of 2011.
According to reports citing Chief Commercial Officer Farid Faraidooni during GITEX Technology Week 2010, the company would expect to start the actual commercial launch of fixed services over a shared infrastructure by the first quarter of 2011. The company is at very advanced stages at finalizing the deal with Etisalat, under the umbrella of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, and hopefully this will be concluded at the end of the year and will go commercially by the first quarter of 2011 after testing and quality assurance procedures.
The company believes that this scheme will help its revenues, specifically in the fixed-line segment â€” as it will be able to further reach out to consumers in the UAE. This will allow Du to expand the footprint to the rest of the country. There will be a progressive rollout all over the UAE in a phased approach. Du is showcasing its latest offerings for the telecommunication market, which are one of the most advanced globally.
According to Farid Faraidooni, today the company offers the highest mobile broadband rate in the region, and du is only few telcos that has it worldwide. Du’s HSPDA+ mobile broadband technology can reach as high as 42.2Mbps â€” the highest by industry standards â€” and it covers more than 98 per cent of the UAE population. Du is always very keen to deploy the latest technology. They don’t [just] talk about it, they implement it.
However, Faraidooni pointed out, the limitation on this high-end technology is that not many devices in the market are able to support this. According to him, the company hopes these devices that can support the high broadband rate will be available in the market soon. Du will continue to invest in the mobile network and enhance the broadband experience.
Faraidooni also added that Du is currently doing trials with several vendors for the Long-Term Evolution network â€” which is also known as 4G â€” but did not give further details.
Considering the recent US$207 million export credit facility du received to fund its expansion, most of this amount will go to investments in its mobile network, especially in 3G.
On the fixed-line segment, Du currently offers the latest and most advanced IPTV set up, which includes a very interactive online TV guide, and the ability to pause and rewind live TV programmes.
GITEX also provided the opportunity for du to launch its new Anayou Website, which is a portal for the social community to interact just like other popular social networks. It also allows users to send SMS, play games, store content and much more.