United Arab Emirates (UAE) telco Etisalat spent around AED2.5 billion (USD680 million) in 2014 on the deployment of new 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks and fibre-optic infrastructure. According to a report from The National, the investment brings the company’s total spend over the past five years to AED21 billion. Etisalat added around 2,500 3G and 4G base stations during 2014, taking its total to 19,000. There are plans to increase this to 22,000 by end-2015, providing network coverage to 99.5% of populated areas for 2G and 3G, and 90% for 4G. Etisalat is the dominant provider of fixed and wireless services in the UAE, where it competes against second national operator Du.