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UAE’s TRA rules out new telcos until 2015

The UAE Telecoms Regulatory Authority (TRA) has ruled out plans to grant licences to any new operator and Etisalat and Du will continue to be the sole service providers in the country until 2015, Emirates 24-7 has reported. "This situation could change in 2016 as the government has offered an official commitment to the World Trade Organisation that Etisalat and du will continue to monopolise the telecom sector until the end of 2015 at the earliest," said TRA director Mohammed Al Ghanem.