FILE- In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo visitors stand near a 5G logo at a display the PT Expo in Beijing. Telecommunications equipment maker CommScope Holding Co. is paying about $5.7 billion for Arris International Plc. as it prepares for the entrance of faster 5G service to the wireless market. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
Both UAE operators Etisalat and du are set to introduce limited 5G services in teh coming months. AP 

Digital solutions and 5G to boost Etisalat and du's profitability



Amid rising costs and a drop in mobile subscribers, the UAE’s telecoms operators Etisalat and du are betting on 5G and digital solutions to boost their bottom lines.

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company , du's parent company, posted a 7.4 per cent fall in third-quarter net profit due to a one-off item in last year's comparative period and a dip in mobile subscribers.

Etisalat, the UAE’s biggest telco, reported a decline of 4.2 per cent in quarterly net profit as expenses and expenditure rose.

Both companies fell short of the median estimates of analysts who were polled by Bloomberg.

However, despite a sluggish run in the quarter, in terms of year-on-year net profits, the UAE telcos are in a good position for a profitable future, analysts said.

"We expect the UAE to be a growth market in the longer term," Nishit Lakhotia, head of research at Bahraini investment bank Sico, told The National.

“With the introduction of 5G and digital solutions, it will be a leader on the technological footprint, offering sufficient opportunities for both telecom operators to capitalise.”

Sico forecasts the market will remain profitable for both Etisalat and du.

“As we look towards a smart future, we are working diligently to bring next generation technologies such as 5G, IoT [Internet of Things], AI and blockchain into our network,” said Osman Sultan, du chief executive.

“In the UAE telecoms market fixed business appears to remain robust, whereas the mobile prepaid segment is shrinking while growth is visible in the post-paid segment,” said Mr Lakhotia.

He added that du’s third-quarter results were marginally weak due to lower gross margins and higher royalty and taxes.

International Data Cooperation in the US observed a positive top line growth for the UAE telecoms sector.

“Both telecoms operators in the UAE reported a positive year-on-year growth in 2017, driven by growth from the fixed line, mobile post-paid, devices business and digital services segments,” said Krishna Chinta, programme manager, telecoms and IoT [Internet of Things] for the Middle East, Africa and Turkey at IDC.

“This growth momentum is expected to remain through 2019 driven by a stronger consumer demand, opportunities emerging from Smart Dubai and national transformation programmes.

“There are also a number of upcoming projects in preparation for Expo 2020,” said Mr Chinta.

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In the Middle East, Moody’s expects low-to-single digit revenue growth in the next 12 to 18 months for telcos, the rating agency said.

“Our outlook on the Emea [Europe, the Middle East and Africa] telecoms sector remains stable but fragile into 2019,” said Carlos Winzer, ­senior vice president at Moody’s.

“Intensifying competition, slower GDP growth and the impact of past regulation continue to raise concerns about the future sustainability of revenue growth.”

Omar Maher, vice president of telecoms at EFG-Hermes, said the dip in Etisalat’s quarterly profit was attributable to lower interest income as well as higher non-operating expenses.

“This is nothing to worry about, since non-operating items always fluctuate on quarterly basis.” Mr Maher said.

“Overall, it is a reassuring set of numbers … in line with our estimates at all levels.”

However, for du, Mr Maher predicted a strong fourth quarter compared with the third.

“Revenue and margins are still pretty healthy [in Q3] despite slower growth in the economy and talks of expat departures,” he said.

“The fourth quarter should be better than the third as a result of stronger demand trends.”

Both operators are preparing to introduce limited 5G services, the ultra-high speed mobile broadband, from next year.

This describes the fifth generation of cellular mobile communications, which is set to include faster data transfer rates, energy saving, cost reductions and widespread device connectivity through the IoT.

Pakistanis at the ILT20

The new UAE league has been boosted this season by the arrival of five Pakistanis, who were not released to play last year.

Shaheen Afridi (Desert Vipers)
Set for at least four matches, having arrived from New Zealand where he captained Pakistan in a series loss.

Shadab Khan (Desert Vipers)
The leg-spin bowling allrounder missed the tour of New Zealand after injuring an ankle when stepping on a ball.

Azam Khan (Desert Vipers)
Powerhouse wicketkeeper played three games for Pakistan on tour in New Zealand. He was the first Pakistani recruited to the ILT20.

Mohammed Amir (Desert Vipers)
Has made himself unavailable for national duty, meaning he will be available for the entire ILT20 campaign.

Imad Wasim (Abu Dhabi Knight Riders)
The left-handed allrounder, 35, retired from international cricket in November and was subsequently recruited by the Knight Riders.

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The alternatives

• Founded in 2014, Telr is a payment aggregator and gateway with an office in Silicon Oasis. It’s e-commerce entry plan costs Dh349 monthly (plus VAT). QR codes direct customers to an online payment page and merchants can generate payments through messaging apps.

• Business Bay’s Pallapay claims 40,000-plus active merchants who can invoice customers and receive payment by card. Fees range from 1.99 per cent plus Dh1 per transaction depending on payment method and location, such as online or via UAE mobile.

• Tap started in May 2013 in Kuwait, allowing Middle East businesses to bill, accept, receive and make payments online “easier, faster and smoother” via goSell and goCollect. It supports more than 10,000 merchants. Monthly fees range from US$65-100, plus card charges of 2.75-3.75 per cent and Dh1.2 per sale.

2checkout’s “all-in-one payment gateway and merchant account” accepts payments in 200-plus markets for 2.4-3.9 per cent, plus a Dh1.2-Dh1.8 currency conversion charge. The US provider processes online shop and mobile transactions and has 17,000-plus active digital commerce users.

• PayPal is probably the best-known online goods payment method - usually used for eBay purchases -  but can be used to receive funds, providing everyone’s signed up. Costs from 2.9 per cent plus Dh1.2 per transaction.

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Equestrian
Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).


Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).


Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming
Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics
Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

Results

5.30pm: Maiden (TB) Dh82,500 (Turf) 1,400m; Winner: Mcmanaman, Sam Hitchcock (jockey), Doug Watson (trainer)

6.05pm: Handicap (TB) Dh87,500 (T) 1,400m; Winner: Bawaasil, Sam Hitchcott, Doug Watson

6.40pm: Handicap (TB) Dh105,000 (Dirt) 1,400m; Winner: Bochart, Fabrice Veron, Satish Seemar

7.15pm: Handicap (TB) Dh105,000 (T) 1,200m; Winner: Mutaraffa, Antonio Fresu, Musabah Al Muhairi

7.50pm: Longines Stakes – Conditions (TB) Dh120,00 (D) 1,900m; Winner: Rare Ninja, Royston Ffrench, Salem bin Ghadayer

8.25pm: Zabeel Trophy – Rated Conditions (TB) Dh120,000 (T) 1,600m; Winner: Alfareeq, Antonio Fresu, Musabah Al Muhairi

9pm: Handicap (TB) Dh105,000 (T) 2,410m; Winner: Good Tidings, Antonio Fresu, Musabah Al Muhairi

9.35pm: Handicap (TB) Dh92,500 (T) 2,000m; Winner: Zorion, Abdul Aziz Al Balushi, Helal Al Alawi

 

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2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

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2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

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Recipe

Garlicky shrimp in olive oil
Gambas Al Ajillo

Preparation time: 5 to 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves 4

Ingredients

180ml extra virgin olive oil; 4 to 5 large cloves of garlic, minced or pureed (or 3 to 4 garlic scapes, roughly chopped); 1 or 2 small hot red chillies, dried (or ¼ teaspoon dried red chilli flakes); 400g raw prawns, deveined, heads removed and tails left intact; a generous splash of sweet chilli vinegar; sea salt flakes for seasoning; a small handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Method

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Add a splash of sweet chilli vinegar and as it vigorously simmers, releasing perfumed aromas, add the prawns and cook, stirring a few times.

Once the prawns turn pink, after 1 or 2 minutes of cooking, remove from the heat and season with sea salt flakes.

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