Abu Dhabi - July 28, 2008: Nezir Al Smadi, 26, talks on his cell phone in front of mobile phone shops on 11th street. ( Philip Cheung / The National )
Abu Dhabi - July 28, 2008: Nezir Al Smadi, 26, talks on his cell phone in front of mobile phone shops on 11th street. ( Philip Cheung / The National )

Television not part of Etisalat / du cable sharing deal

Incompatibilities between broadcast systems run by Etisalat and du are behind a delay in the operators selling television packages across the Emirates, says a senior telecommunications executive.

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The telecoms companies are restricted to offering fixed-line services in certain areas of the UAE.

But under long-delayed plans, customers will be able to choose between operators by the end of this year.

That will extend to voice and broadband packages - but liberalisation of internet protocol television (IPTV) will be further delayed.

"When infrastructure sharing comes, it is most likely that it will cover voice and broadband, and that TV will come at a later stage," said Osman Sultan, the chief executive of du.

The delay is attributable to "technical reasons of interoperability".

While telecoms companies' revenues from television may be "marginal", TV is important because telecoms operators sell internet, landline and TV services as one package, Mr Sultan said.

Any delay in launching a nationwide IPTV service could impede the two operators' contest for customers.

"We do not want to see this situation lasting long," said Mr Sultan. "Interoperability in the infrastructure is good. You should be able to switch easily."

He was speaking on the sidelines of a conference in Dubai on IPTV standards.


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Started: 2018
Founder: Rick Parish
Based: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Industry: Clean cooking
Funding: $10 million
Investors: Self-funded

Company profile

Date started: January, 2014

Founders: Mike Dawson, Varuna Singh, and Benita Rowe

Based: Dubai

Sector: Education technology

Size: Five employees

Investment: $100,000 from the ExpoLive Innovation Grant programme in 2018 and an initial $30,000 pre-seed investment from the Turn8 Accelerator in 2014. Most of the projects are government funded.

Partners/incubators: Turn8 Accelerator; In5 Innovation Centre; Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme; Dubai Future Accelerators; FHI 360; VSO and Consult and Coach for a Cause (C3)


Lahore Qalandars 186 for 4 in 19.4 overs
(Sohail 100,Phil Salt 37 not out, Bilal Irshad 30, Josh Poysden 2-26)
bt Yorkshire Vikings 184 for 5 in 20 overs
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Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000

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Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5


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Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

When: April 25, 10.45pm kick-off (UAE)
Where: Allianz Arena, Munich
Live: BeIN Sports HD
Second leg: May 1, Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid


Manchester City 5 Swansea City 0
Man City:
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Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

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Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

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Ground floor banquet hall: 370 square metres to accommodate about 750 people

Ground floor multipurpose hall: 92 square metres for up to 200 people

First floor main Prayer Hall: 465 square metres to hold 1,500 people at a time

First floor terrace areas: 2,30 square metres  

Temple will be spread over 6,900 square metres

Structure includes two basements, ground and first floor 


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UAE results
Beat China by 16 runs
Lost to Thailand by 10 wickets
Beat Nepal by five runs
Beat Hong Kong by eight wickets
Beat Malaysia by 34 runs

Standings (P, W, l, NR, points)

1. Thailand 5 4 0 1 9
2. UAE 5 4 1 0 8
3. Nepal 5 2 1 2 6
4. Hong Kong 5 2 2 1 5
5. Malaysia 5 1 4 0 2
6. China 5 0 5 0 0

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