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Old Jul 27th 2009, 9:22 am
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Etisalat is facing fierce criticism and according to a poll more than half of Etisalat’s BlackBerry customers are planning to ditch the UAE telecoms provider following the spyware scandal...

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/speci...pyware-scandal
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Old Jul 27th 2009, 9:32 am
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Etisalat is facing fierce criticism and according to a poll more than half of Etisalat’s BlackBerry customers are planning to ditch the UAE telecoms provider following the spyware scandal...

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/speci...pyware-scandal
Catboys radio ditty about the situation was fairly amusing see Radio 92 website or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUCDh8vZ4M0

I paticularly liked his intro/chorus "Du Du Du Du Du Du"
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Etisalat is facing fierce criticism and according to a poll more than half of Etisalat’s BlackBerry customers are planning to ditch the UAE telecoms provider following the spyware scandal...

http://www.arabianbusiness.com/speci...pyware-scandal
Most Blackberry users I know receive them from their employers, in which case they have little or no influence in choosing a telcom. Another factor to consider is Du's poor reception.

We're not exactly spoiled for choice!!
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Old Jul 27th 2009, 10:39 am
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Most Blackberry users I know receive them from their employers, in which case they have little or no influence in choosing a telcom. Another factor to consider is Du's poor reception.

We're not exactly spoiled for choice!!
anyway, aren't Du part of Etisalat?
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In the sense that du's primarily owned by the Federal Government and and Emirate owned investment bodies. it's got a very similar ownership structure to etislalat, but one doesn't overlap with the other.
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anyway, aren't Du part of Etisalat?
Since when?
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Since when?
since always as far as I know.
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So both are, in essence, the govt?

Reminds me of American car makers.
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So both are, in essence, the govt?

Reminds me of American car makers.
I could be wrong, but yeah I think so, I think Du are just a small offshoot of Etisalat.
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"The Ministry of Finance and Industry MoF and the Emirates Investment Authority EIA hold shares both in Du and its competitor, Etisalat, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation
Other Du shareholders are the Mubadala Development Company and the Emirates Communications and Technology Company, a TECOM InvestmentsTECOM Investments subsidiary. "
from zawya

Etisalat is 60% owned by the govt, I believe that they also hold shares in du via a bit of shadow company trickery, unfortunately that data is now subscription only on zawya
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