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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Our New Telco

Emirates Today carries a front-page report about the soon-to-be new rival to Etisalat, and said the move is 'raising hopes that service rates will be forced down due to competition'.

Well, we can hope all we like. We can even pray. But the sad fact is that the Telecoms Regulatory Authority has already ruled out a price war, and expects 'competition' to be on the basis of quality of service. Given the fact that the Federal Government owns more than half of Etisalat, will own 50% of the new company, and that both companies will continue to pay 50% of their profits to the government as a 'royalty', we, the valued customers (you bet we're valued - we pay more for these services than anyone else on the planet!), will continue to be ripped off.

When my daddy-in-law was here recently he was disappointed that his UK Virgin Mobile account wouldn't work. He suggested that while Richard Branson was in town, he (Branson) might pop down to Etisalat HQ and do some kind of a deal. I tried to explain our archaic telecoms monopoly/duopoly to the daddy-in-law, but he just could not understand it.

And I can hear you all saying 'another whingeing expat - if you don't like it, go and live somewhere else'. Well, watch this space.

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10 Comments:

Blogger CG said...

I think we are all resigned to the fact that even with new 'competition' in town it will still be highly priced. I wonder if they will manage to recruit from talasite and then we will still be dealing with crapiola staff but in a new company.
I can bet one thing though, and that talasite will offer the best services in town once there is any sign of a competitor.

4:13 pm  
Blogger Because of B said...

Heya!

We're organising a meet in Dubai for bloggers of UAE.

Would you be interested to attend?

Please check out http://dubaibloggersmeet.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

4:13 pm  
Blogger secretdubai said...

if you don't like it, go and live somewhere else'. Well, watch this space.

Oh don't you dare escape. We all have to suffer - why should your torment end?!

4:17 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

@ pixel8: depends on when and where really - getting out of New Dubai on a Thursday evening has become a virtual impossibility!

@SD: Don't panic. We do have an exit strategy, but it's not happening for about 18 months. Just building a bit of tension there...and I expect there will be torment in our new location!

4:37 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back to Blighty keefie?

5:59 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Back to Blighty? No way! Weather's too crap, chavs too many. Let's just say, somewhere in Southern Europe...

6:12 pm  
Blogger 3omani said...

You seem to forget that UAE residents also generally get paid more than anyone else on the planet.

But hey, I agree with you (though I should point out that we Omanis pay more - and make MUCH less!)

1:06 am  
Blogger Dubai Sunshine said...

Different people have different needs. When will these companies realise that giving everyone the same service, the same products and the same prices is an old-fashioned way of doing things?

9:50 pm  
Anonymous Oscar said...

Just to add to the delight you feel over the cost of your broadband, we can get a 28 MB connection in London for 24 pounds a month. That's *drumroll* 155 Dhs a month. Just to extend the trill of gay (In the traditional sense) laughter when you get your next bill.

5:30 am  
Blogger samuraisam said...

You seem to forget that UAE residents also generally get paid more than anyone else on the planet.

uhh. no.

7:02 pm  

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