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UAE mobile subscriber base grows to 18.4 million

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The subscription base in UAE mobile phone services expanded to 18.4 million subscribers, according to figures released by Etisalat and du.

Mobile services account for 85 percent of two operators’ revenues if compared to other income streams, which include data, internet, and fixed-line services, with pre-paid service subscribers representing over 88 percent of total subscribers in all phone services, while the rest goes for post-paid services.

According to Etisalat Group, the number of subscribers in the company’s mobile services amounted to 10.7 million during the first nine months of the year, making up 58 percent of total subscriptions base in the country.

In the meantime, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company’s subscribers stood at AED7.7 million, according to the du’s Q3 financial statements.

The two operators’ revenues picked up to AED49.36 bn during the first nine months of the year against AED47.7 bn during the corresponding period in 2017. They posted total profit of AED8 billion, up 4.1 percent on-year from AED7.68 bn in 2017.

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