UAE mo­bile phone sub­scrip­tions inch up

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI: Mo­bile sub­scriber num­bers in the UAE have grown to 18.66 mil­lion in the sec­ond quar­ter of this year, reg­is­ter­ing a growth of 1.08 per cent com­pared to 18.46 mil­lion dur­ing the same pe­riod last year. Eti­salat had 11.3 mil­lion sub­scribers in the sec­ond quar­ter while du had 7.36 mil­lion. In the same pe­riod a year ago, eti­salat had 11.30 mil­lion sub­scribers while du had 7.16 mil­lion.

Com­pared to the first quar­ter of this year, the mo­bile sub­scriber num­bers fell by 1.16 per cent from 18.88 mil­lion due to the can­cel­la­tion of many SIM cards un­der the ' My Num­ber, My Iden­tity' cam­paign, where sub­scribers need to rereg­is­ter their SIMs with their Emi­rates ID card. The tele­com reg­u­la­tory body started the cam­paign in July 2012 in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the two tele­com op­er­a­tors to in­crease mo­bile sub­scriber aware­ness and help pro­tect sub­scribers' rights and pre­vent risks of mis­use which could re­sult in civil and crim­i­nal cases.

"The strat­egy to grow for tel­cos is more to do with value-added so­lu­tions such as Mo­bile Wal­let, Mo­bile Con­nect, faster and se­cure con­nec­tiv­ity etc. At the same time sub­scriber base is also likely to grow sig­nif­i­cantly as coun­try pre­pares to Expo 2020," Sukhdev Singh, as­so­ciate vice-pres­i­dent at mar­ket re­search and anal­y­sis ser­vices provider AMRB, told Gulf News. He said the UAE mar­ket is go­ing to be an "ex­cit­ing ground" for ser­vice providers - on one side one ex­pects the launch of new ser­vices, and on the other side sub­scriber base would also con­tinue to swell at a healthy rate un­til 2020. More­over, he said that de­vel­op­ments in M2M (ma­chine-to-ma­chine) com­mu­ni­ca­tions and IoT (In­ter­net of Things) mar­ket de­vel­op­ments, ICT sec­tor in the UAE is up for an ex­cit­ing fu­ture growth. "UAE has been a lead­ing adopter of tech­nol­ogy in the world, and ad­vance­ment in the global tech­nol­ogy sec­tor means more ac­tion in the lo­cal mar­ket.

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