Tuesday, September 27, 2005

From Bad to Worse

What is the Gubment thinking? Today's Gulf News carries a story about the newly-established Telecoms Regulatory Authority. You might, in your naivety, think the TRA would be responsible for protecting the interests of consumers. But it turns out that they see their job as being exactly the opposite of that. It seems they exist to protect the interests of the duopoly partners.

They are saying there will be no opening up of the telecoms sector for at least ten years! Strangely, Etisalat are very happy to set up competitive networks in other countries (Saudi Arabia being their latest new market), but we'll have none of that at home, shukran.

I really, really, can't believe this.

'The TRA is working out a price-control mechanism to eliminate the possibility of a price war.

"We do not want a price war in the market. The two companies can compete on technology and service superiority," he (TRA Director General Mohammad N. Al Ghanim) said, without elaborating.'

How very cosy.



Blogger secretdubai said...

They are also considering whether to impose internet censorship in Tecom.

11:55 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, what did you think - we are been milked dry, tax here, little extra municipal tax there, why would they give up their nice fat milk cows.

Of course the irony that they are competing heads-on in KSA is totally lost on them.

I bet a few noses in KSA is out off joint - they must have believed they can get a reciprocal license in the UAE

8:56 pm  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

But, Keefieboy, it's turned out just as you predicted.

9:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The whole TECOM thig will be a shower if they do - saying that DMC went against 80% of it's launch promises so why thye difference.

One thing I've noticed recently is the fact that tey want to focus on bringing TV to 3G phones in the region yet my internet bill is 5 times what it would be in the UK. Completely misplaced priorities. But if it's bling......

3:56 pm  

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