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TRA extends deadline for registration of mobile subscribers

Abu Dhabi: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed the extension of the deadline for the registration of mobile subscribers that comes in the context of the campaign launched by the TRA, “My Number, My Identity”, organized in cooperation with licensees in the UAE “etisalat” and “du” to raise awareness about the new procedures governing registration requirements for subscribers to get SIM cards and mobile services from licensees.

Licensees will extend the timeframe for the first category and include it in the second category due date since the licensees were unable to provide smooth mechanisms to facilitate, accelerate and stimulate subscribers to update their data.

Furthermore, the TRA instructed the licensees to improve their mechanisms and increase the capabilities of all their commercial outlets where subscribers can easily access those locations to update their information.

The TRA also instructed the operators to speed up the launch of the online registration services to accelerate the process and ease the load on the commercial outlets.

The TRA encourages all subscribers to come forward and update their information in order to safeguard their privacy to avoid getting into legal or financial accountabilities caused by the misuse of those numbers by others.

Etisalat Group finalizes sale of 9.1 percent stake in PT XL Axiata Tbk

Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) today announced that it has finalized the sale of a 9.1 percent stake in PT XL Axiata Tbk (XL), an Indonesian mobile telecommunications provider.

The sale of the 775 million shares to institutional investors capitalized on the recent rally in XL Axiata’s stock price and resulted in gross proceeds of AED 1,870 million to Etisalat.

Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Group said: “The sale is in line with the Group’s strategy to focus on our core operations in order to deliver greater value to our shareholders. This investment has provided Etisalat with excellent returns and, given its recent performance, we decided to take advantage of the opportunity to crystallize some of the value created. This transaction further underscores the Etisalat management’s commitment towards being a disciplined investor for our shareholders.” Following the sale, Etisalat retains a 4.2% ownership stake in XL.

UAE hosts last meeting of Arab Group assigned to prepare for WCIT

Dubai: The United Arab Emirates, represented by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority hosted here in its headquarters, the third and final meeting of the Arab Group assigned to prepare for the upcoming World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT), which will take place in Dubai this December.

The meeting was chaired by the Leader of the Group, Engineer Tariq al-Awadi, the Executive Director of TRA Spectrum Department. (12) Arab countries, members of the Arab League, attended and participated in this important meeting.

TRA has called for this meeting of the Arab Group in coordination with the Arab League in Cairo to finalize and approve all the Arab joint proposals regarding the agenda of the next WCIT in Dubai and the proposals concerning the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs) associated with this mega Conference.

The first day, was dedicated for a Regional Coordination Meeting between the Arab countries and other Regional Groups in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which participated in this meeting, including the American Group (CITEL) and the African Group (ATU) in addition to Regional and International organizations and Regional companies such as the (ICANN) and the European Telecommunications Network Operators (ETNO) as well as other private sector companies from the UAE in the Arab Region. Furthermore, the Telecommunications Technical Bureau of Bahrain and representatives of the ITU in Geneva have participated in this meeting.

Mohammed Nasser al-Ghanim, Director General of TRA, in his speech stressed the importance of the regulations pertaining to international communications and the significance of the WCIT to take place in Dubai by the end of this year after almost 24 years of its last meeting in 1988 in Australia.

Commenting on the event, he said: “The great importance of this Conference lies in the fact that it is seen as a significant event of the telecommunications sector in the history of ITU, because through this important World Conference, the International Telecommunication Regulations will be updated and revised, as these Regulations constitute one of the fundamental international treaties that form the basis of ITU and the foundations of its functions.”

“The International Telecommunication Regulations are the most important international treaties relevant to the area of communications with 178 signatory countries. These Regulations set the general principles relating to the provision and operation of international communications; facilitating international connectivity and interoperability; supporting coordinated development and effective operation of technical facilities and enhancing the efficiency, usefulness and availability of international telecommunications services,” he added.

The meeting was focused on understanding the proposals and views of other Regional and International Groups and Organizations that took part in the meeting, and on identifying their views with regard to these Regulations and also with regard to the Conference, its structure and the proposed topics on its agenda.

Etisalat Group Sells 775 million shares in PT XL AxiataTbk

Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), headquarters in Abu Dhabi confirmed today that it has sold a total of 775 million shares in PT XL AxiataTbk (“XL”), one of the Group’s 16 Operating Companies, and located in Indonesia.

The 775 million shares represent a total of 9.1% of XL’s issued share capital, representing a value of approximately AED 1.87 billion before commission and expenses. The settlement of the Placing is expected to take place on 18 September, 2012.

TRA to hold workshop on “Technology Trends and Government Competitiveness”

Dubai: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) will hold a workshop Thursday on “Technology Trends and Government Competitiveness” here in Dubai.

The workshop aims to educate government entities on the upcoming trends and challenges in the fields of location-based technology and social media and their relevance to electronic government. Director Generals, Chief Information Officers and Information Technology managers from federal entities will be attending the workshop.

Stressing the importance of the workshop, Salem Khamis Al Shair Al Suwaidi, Deputy Director General, TRA – Information and eGovernment Sector, said, “There is a challenge with every opportunity that technology offers. As technology advances, so do the challenges. In this workshop, we aim to create awareness on the same and share the knowhow on how to tackle them. I would like to call upon the UAE government entities to participate and benefit from this workshop.

Etisalat joins world campaign to decrease child mortality in Africa

Abu Dhabi: Etisalat Group, the telecommunications corporation with operations in 16 markets across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, announced that it will be collaborating with a consortium of global mobile network operators, in conjunction with the GSMA, to support the launch of the Pan-African mHealth Initiative.

Building on the success of its Mobile Baby platform and in-line with its Social Responsibility initiatives, Etisalat Group will work with its partners on creating a healthier community through this initiative, spearheaded by the Etisalat mHealth application as part of the Maternal Health Plan B (MHplanB).

“Reducing child mortality and improving maternal health are Millennium Development Goals and are both supported by this alliance. The Etisalat Group has already initiated projects in Africa to address these issues and we are delighted to reach out and partner with our peers to achieve a material impact for the benefit of women, children and their families across the continent. The Etisalat Group is therefore proud to become an integral part of the Pan-African Mobile Health initiative and to share innovation and best practice for the betterment of humanity,” explained Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Chief Executive Officer for Etisalat Group.

“In-line with Etisalat’s Mobile Baby programme, which has been successfully introduced in a number of markets across Africa, Etisalat is proud to become a vital part of the Pan-African Mobile Health initiative in conjunction with the GSMA and fellow operators. As a leader in mobile health services, our mHealth application has been effective in assisting with in-facility births and post-partum care in several African countries. The programme has allowed for cheaper maternal care and delivery services, as well as helping to save the lives of several mothers and children.” The announcement, made this week in Johannesburg, South Africa, will see Etisalat partner with several global mobile network operators to explore and support universal health coverage for mothers and children. This agreement will also leverage a health advisory group to qualify, validate and better recommend health content and services to distribute across mobile channels.

“Having a standardised mHealth initiative allows us to maximize our reach across several nations, in turn impacting the lives of more families. Etisalat’s existing mHealth programme was able to reach thousands of families in just 7 months, and we believe with the implementation of a wider programme, we will be able to positively affect even more lives,” explained Julfar.

Initially, the Pan-Africa mHealth initiative will launch as a prototype service during the third quarter of 2012, which will focus on maternal and child services across three markets: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. A standardised suite of universal services is planned for introduction by early 2013.

TRA and the National Media Council discuss preserving users’ privacy

ABU DHABI: The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) and the National Media Council (NMC) examined venues of cooperation between in the area of observance and safeguarding the privacy of mobile phone users in the UAE, particularly in regard to reducing spam via mobile phones.

The coordination meeting was held yesterday at the Head office of the Council in Abu Dhabi in the presence of Mohammad Nasser Al-Ghanim, TRA Director General and Ibrahim Al-Abed, Director General of the National Media Council. The meeting discussed ways to provide sound connectivity for users in the UAE and achieve maximum satisfaction.

The meeting emphasized the need to adhere to regulatory policy regarding “spam and electronic communication” issued by the TRA on 30 December 2009, “annex” electronic SPAM messages through mobile”.

Al Ghanim said: “TRA has great interest in this aspect in the telecommunications sector in the UAE therefore, has issued the necessary legislation to reflect the roles of both licensees “Etisalat” and “du” in reducing the phenomenon of spam promotional, and the TRA created mechanism for that to allow those affected to report spam as instructed operators to provide the necessary technical resources that prevent access such messages to users and prevent the recurrence of access if the user reporting “.

Al Ghanim added “the TRA emphasizes on the need to take the prior approval of the target before sending marketing messages via mobile phone, noting that regulatory policy established by the TRA in this regard stipulates to respect the individual privacy and prohibits sending marketing messages via mobile phone between 9 pm and 7 am.

The terms of regulatory policy for the TRA also apply to promotional messages via mobile phones issued by licensed “Etisalat” and “du” messaging service and also applied sender blocking service by both operators where users can send a free message to the number (7726) to block unwanted messages from a particular source.

Al-Abed said: “the importance of this subject in the light of the attention of the National Media Council to provide Media and information content in the communication networks and the media is committed to standards relating to this matter, which emphasized consideration of the individual privacy and their right to accept or reject the promotional and marketing content that sends to them from the different commercial providers.” The meeting comes after a TRA’s careful and detailed research into to complaints by the public about intrusive marketing text messages. The authority aims to apply regulatory policy to reduce marketing messages sent to users without their consent as well as to achieve the utmost respect for users’ privacy.