etisalat
History
Our tradition of service and innovation, catering to the telecommunication needs of individuals and businesses in the region.

1976

The Emirates Telecommunication Corporation is founded.

Milestone

  • Birth of Etisalat

1982-1989

1982

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation launches the Middle East's first mobile network.

1983

The ownership structure changes - United Arab Emirates government gets a 60% share in the company and the remaining 40% is publicly traded.

1989

Etisalat establishes the Etisalat University College to create a talent pool of engineers to drive its future growth.

1991-1999


1991 - The UAE central government issues Federal Law No. 1, which gives the corporation the right to provide wired and wireless telecommunications services in the country and between UAE and other countries.

1994 - The Middle East's first GSM service is introduced in the UAE. Etisalat also launches Emirates Data Clearing House, providing a complete solution to GSM operators.

1995 - Internet services are rolled out across the country, another first in the region. Etisalat opens its SIM card factory, Ebtikar, a leading provider of smart card solutions.

2000


Mobile subscribers exceed the 1 million mark as mobile data services is introduced using eWap.

Etisalat introduces the E-Vision brand for its cable TV services.

Etisalat Academy is established to provide professional and technical training.

2002 - 2006


2002 - Etisalat subscribers reach 2 million.
It develops its mobile network to offer GPRS.

2003 - One million more customers added in the year bringing the total number of subscribers for Etisalat's UAE operations to 3 million.
Etisalat launches the Middle East's first 3G network and offers MMS services to its customers.

2004 - Etisalat wins second license to operate in Saudi Arabia thereby introducing Etihad Etisalat - Mobily. It also buys a stake in Canar - a new fixedline operator in Sudan.

2007 - 2009


2007 - Etisalat acquires a stake in a green-field operator in Nigeria, the largest and fastest growing market in Africa. It also invests in Excelcomindo, one of the leading mobile service providers in Indonesia.
UAE mobile subscribers exceed 6.7 million and Internet penetration crosses 60% mark.
Etisalat introduces mobile TV.

2008 - Etisalat successfully takes a stake in Swan Telecom, which is later renamed Etisalat DB. This ensures Etisalat's entrance to India consolidating its presence in the Asian subcontinent.
Etisalat completes the rollout of a nationwide fibre optic backbone over which next generation services will be provided. Etisalat is named largest carrier in the Middle East for the first time in the Financial Times Top 500 List.

2010

Etisalat deploys new services across its fibre network including 3DTV. This makes the UAE one of the first five countries in the world to offer this service. Etisalat also starts offering faster mobile broadband speeds using HSPA+ and announces commercial trials of LTE.

Management Profile
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar
Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar
Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Group
Essa Al Haddad
Essa Al Haddad
Chief Regional Officer Africa, Etisalat Group
Abdul Aziz Ahmed Saleh Al Sawaleh
Abdul Aziz Ahmed Saleh Al Sawaleh
Chief Human Resources Officer, Etisalat Group
Jamal Aljarwan
Jamal Aljarwan
Chief Regional Officer Asia Cluster, Etisalat Group
Hatem Bamatraf
Hatem Bamatraf
Chief Technology Officer, Etisalat Group
Serkan Okandan
Serkan Okandan
Chief Financial Officer, Etisalat Group
Rainer Rathgeber
Rainer Rathgeber
Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Group
Dr. Daniel Ritz (Ph.D)
Dr. Daniel Ritz (Ph.D)
Chief Strategy Officer, Etisalat Group
Ali Al Sharhan
Ali Al Sharhan
Chief Information Officer, Etisalat Group
Nasser bin Obood
Nasser bin Obood
Chief Government Relations and Corporate Communications Officer, Etisalat Group
Khalifa Al Shamsi
Khalifa Al Shamsi
Chief Digital Services Officer, Etisalat Group
Obaid Bokisha
Obaid Bokisha
Chief Procurement Officer, Etisalat Group
Javier Garcia
Javier Garcia
Chief Internal Auditor, Etisalat Group
John Wilkes
John Wilkes
Chief Internal Control Officer, Etisalat Group
Kamal Shehadi, PhD
Kamal Shehadi, PhD
Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer, Etisalat Group
Paul Werne
Paul Werne
Group General Counsel, Etisalat Group

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