Du: network sharing deal remains at deadlock

1 Nov 2013

Dubai-based telco Du has said that talks with rival Etisalat over the terms of a fixed network sharing deal remain at a stalemate, more than four years after negotiations between the pair began. Reuters cites Du’s CEO Osman Sultan as saying that the companies have solved technical issues to allow network sharing, but remain at odds over the financial terms of a potential deal. ‘We should only go with a healthy economic equation and this is why we have a divergent position,’ he said. A network sharing agreement would break the monopolies held by Etisalat and Du within their respective areas by giving consumers nationwide the choice of operator for their fixed line voice and broadband services. ‘It’s clear we are disadvantaged because of the limited geographical zone where we can connect customers. Opening this to the entire nation, it’s clearly a game changer,’ Sultan is quoted as saying.

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