UAE telecoms operator Du has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with twofour54, enabling the media zone to become the first area in Abu Dhabi where it is possible to choose between telecoms providers for a full suite of services. The National reports that the deal will allow Du to offer fixed, mobile and broadcast services to businesses in the twofour54 media park. In addition, Du will also offer customised business solutions and dedicated account and project managers, coupled with its state-of-the-art network. ‘We are proud to announce this partnership with twofour54 as it reflects the trust they have in the broadcast and telecommunication services we offer. It is a significant moment for us in the run-up to the nationwide launch of our fixed services,’ commented Osman Sultan, CEO at Du, adding: ‘Our broadcast expertise, which is mission critical to many of the media companies at twofour54, is unparalleled in the region as our services are backed by Samacom, which is among the leading broadcast facilities worldwide.’
Last year the UAE’s two telecoms companies, incumbent Etisalat and Du, finalised discussions to gain access to each other’s broadband internet and television infrastructure. The move is designed to break the duo’s monopolies within their respective areas, enabling consumers countrywide to choose their preferred fixed line service provider. While Du’s internet and pay-TV services only cover small areas of Dubai, including Dubai Marina and Media City, incumbent Etisalat is barred from operating in these areas, but holds a monopoly on providing fixed services in the rest of the country. Last year the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai became the first location in the UAE where residents could choose their broadband provider, while the twofour54 deal marks the first time Du can offer primary fixed line and broadband connections in Abu Dhabi.