Etisalat is the Middle East’s leading telecommunications operator and one of the largest corporations in the six Arab countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, with a market value of approximately Dh81 billion (US$22 billion) and annual revenues of over Dh32.9 billion (US$9 billion). A multinational, blue-chip organisation, Etisalat has operations in 15 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Nearly 42,000 people are directly employed by the company.
For nearly 40 years, Etisalat has helped the UAE sustain a position as the region’s main hub for business, trade and foreign investment by providing reliable and high quality services. It is one of the global telecommunication industry’s innovation pacesetters, powering its home country, the UAE, into the top ten nations list by providing the latest technologies first. In 2010 for example, thanks to Etisalat, the UAE was one of the first five countries in the world with a 3D television service, known as eLife, offered across its fiber optic network.
Etisalat is a pioneer in next-generation networks for both fixed-line and wireless services and it has deployed enough fiber-optic cable in the UAE to reach from the earth to the moon eight times. Etisalat is in the process of launching fourth-generation long-term evolution (4G LTE) networks in the UAE and Saudi Arabia and it currently owns the Middle East’s fastest fixed-line broadband network with speeds of up to 30 mega-bits per second (Mbps). As an industry leader in innovation, Etisalat has trialed the world’s fastest mobile broadband service with speeds up to 300 Mbps.
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