Etisalat to invest USD817m in network upgrades in 2017

6 Mar 2017

UAE-based telecoms group Etisalat is planning to invest more than AED3 billion (USD817 million) in 2017 to develop its infrastructure and expand mobile and fibre-optic networks across its domestic market, Etisalat Group’s CEO Saleh Al Abdooli said in an interview with Gulf News, adding: ‘These investments will improve coverage across the country as well as prepare the network towards the deployment and requirements of 5G technologies.’ Further, the executive added that his company is aiming to launch a pilot 5G network during the second half of 2017, while commercial services over the network expected to be introduced in 2019. Mr Abdooli also revealed that on the back of continuous investments amounting to AED28 billion in the ‘last few years’, Etisalat currently boasts 3G network covering 99% of the UAE’s population, while 4G LTE services are available to 95% of Emiratis. Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) penetration, meanwhile, has grown over the last year to reach 93.7%.

United Arab Emirates, Etisalat UAE