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UAE telecom subscribers pegged at 21.808 million at the end of August

UAE telecom subscribers pegged at 21.808 million at the end of August

Pre-paid mobile phone subscriptions totalled 13.107 million, while post-paid mobile phone subscriptions stood at 3.578 million at the end of August

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The number of UAE telecom subscribers, including mobile phones, landlines and Internet, climbed 1 per cent over the preceding month to close at 21.808 million by the end of August.

The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) added that the number of mobile phone subscribers in August was 16.685 million, up 206,000 from 16.479 million from July.

The TRA confirmed that pre-paid mobile phone subscriptions totalled 13.107 million, while post-paid mobile phone subscriptions stood at 3.578 million.

Landline subscriptions likewise increased to 2.127 million in August from 2.125 in July. It indicated a rise from 23.6 to 23.75 lines per 100 people.

However, the total number of internet subscriptions slightly declined to 2.996 million in August from 3 million in July, with all subscriptions conducted through broadband services.

In July, UAE’s biggest telecom operator Etisalat reported Dhs4.6bn in consolidated net profits for H1 2020, a 3 per cent year-on- increase.

Read: Etisalat Group reports Dhs4.6bn consolidated net profit for H1 2020, up 3% y-on-y

Etisalat said that its subscriber base reached 146 million by the end of the second quarter, down from the 150 million it had reported at the end Q1 2020.

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