Etisalat Finishes Upgrade to HSPA+

By on April 18, 2010
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Upgrade will provide mobile broadband users with 21mpbs download and 11mpbs upload speeds.

Press release:
Following its technological achievement in being the Middle East’s first to launch High-Speed Packet Access Plus (HSPA+), Etisalat has now announced the completion of the advanced HSPA+ technology across the UAE cities. The new enhancement  enables Etisalat’s 3G network, that covers 99% of UAE’s populated area, to become the fastest and the widest in the Middle  East.

Etisalat customers across UAE cities will benefit from speedier mobile Web access in transferring data or browsing the Internet with the network upgrade to HSPA+, that will provide them with mobile broadband speeds of up to 21MBps for downloads and 11MBps for uploads in peak conditions. It will empower customers to effortlessly stay connected on-the-move, using the best network designed to provide them with great quality and rich communication services on their laptops or Smartphone devices such as Blackberry and iPhone 3G for maximizing the speeds.

Commenting on this announcement, Mr. Khalifa Al Shamsi, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Etisalat said, “It is a technological feat that we would like to dedicate to our valued customers who can now enjoy the region’s fastest speeds in the UAE. We have put in our best to ensure that they benefit from efficient and seamless mobile broadband connectivity on Etisalat’s robust and reliable 3G network, built at par with the world’s best networks.”

“With the exponential growth of Smartphones, application stores, mobile Internet modems and 3G compatible devices, UAE residents are embracing wireless data and services like never before. Mobile broadband or 3G devices have become a new essential in our highly mobile lifestyles and it creates a high demand to stay connected while on the move. Etisalat’s new advancement reaches nearly 900,000 of its 3G mobile broadband customers across the country.”, he added.

Al Shamsi further explained Etisalat’s strategy in maximizing the penetration of mobile broadband in UAE, “Our two-pronged objectives include creating the best network in the Middle East for our customers and introducing an attractive data package for their varying needs, whether they use it from their mobile devices or other 3G/3.5G devices such as USB dangles, routers or enabled laptops. In line with this, Etisalat recently reduced the subscription fee for 10GB data package to AED 395, and cut down prices for 1GB by 25%, to AED145.”

Etisalat has introduced new compatible models for HSPA+ technology and customers can select one of these devices from any Etisalat business center or outlet.

Table of Data Package (AED/month)

New Packages Monthly Fee AED Out of Bundle price / MB- AED

Mobile Internet Package

10 MB 25 15
100 MB 95 10
1 GB 145 0.5

Mobile Broadband Packages

1 GB 145 0.5
5 GB 295 0.25
10GB 395 0.15

For more information about 3G data packages and other 3G services, customers can visit or call the customer service hotline on 101.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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