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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Beyond Belief!

I read this article in Emirates Today about how the new Emirates Corporation For Telephones And That Internet Thing And Faxes And Telegraphs Establishment (Branch) (Satwa) PJSC will be competing with Etisalat a little bit on price. Not very heartening, chaps. But my eyeballs popped out of their sockets when I read the concluding paragraph:

Mohammed Omran, CEO of Etisalat, said: “We have never really acted as a monopoly. We have been competing indirectly with the rest of the Gulf, but now the competition will be direct.”

If that makes any kind of sense to any of you good people out there, please explain it to me!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Seabee said...

I never know whether the jumble of meaningless words making up 'sentences' that appear in our newspapers, every day, are what the interviewee actually said or what the 'journalist' thought he said.

Then of course, if it was reported correctly (cough, gasp)I don't know whether what the interviewee said was what he meant to say, and if it was, whether he actually believed it or was just toeing the party line. Trying to get the facts from reading our papers isn't the easiest thing to do.

It's not beyond the bounds of possibility of course that Etisalat actually do think they're under pressure from competitors. They do after all live in some parallel universe as evidenced by their Mission Statement on their website:

"We work together as one team to satisfy customer requirements in telecommunication services and technology in a friendly and efficient manner"

4:57 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

But having built its cash Himalayas from its monopoly, it's now hell-bent on world domination - should bring 'em down to earth somewhat - it's a jungle out there y'know.

5:38 pm  
Blogger Cloggy said...

They will crash back to earth when they figure out that competition means that the competitor can actually provide service to your faithfull (read: got no other freeking choice) clients.
Competition is not just an other company in a different country far far away. The "Take it or have nothing" system as we have here does not happen in the real world.
I really wanna see the faces of the people in charge of Etisalat when they hit the floor.

10:52 pm  

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