The Gulf News headline reads "Telecom watchdog to end 'monopolies' by year-end." The story says
etisalat does not have access to internet or fixed-line customers in Dubai Internet and media free zones and nearby residential districts, while du is largely restricted to these areas.But what the story does not remind you is that the TRA does not allow the firms to compete on price. (Click TRA below for posts on this.) The reason given is that competition would be destructive. But destructive of what? Monopoly profit?
"From now until the end of the year, both operators are obliged to cover the whole of the UAE and customers will have the right to shift from one to another," a spokesperson for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) told Gulf News.
The TRA wants to "open the door for competition ..."