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du picks Alcatel-Lucent for femtocells

United Arab Emirates operator du announced plans to use “small cells” technology from Alcatel-Lucent to power its fixed-mobile convergence services, which are due to launch imminently.

Du signs mobile network deal with NSN

UAE operator Du has selected Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to upgrade its mobile network operations in the UAE, investing AED400 million

RIM aims to make peace in the Middle East

BlackBerry-maker RIM has announced a wide-ranging strategic alliance with regulators and mobile operators in the UAE to promote its services to governments, enterprises and academic institutions in the region. The new agreement appears to signal the start of a new chapter for RIM in the UAE after local regulators had earlier threatened to ban certain BlackBerry services on security grounds.

Du upgrades to 42.2Mb/s

UAE operator Du has upgraded its mobile broadband at up to 42.2Mb/s using dual-carrier HSPA+ technology.

Du preps US600M expansion

Du, the UAE’s second-largest telco, said Tuesday it would invest some 2.2 billion UAE dirhams (US$600 million) this year to expand its services.

UAE’s Du in EUR200M financing deal with NSN

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co., or Du, has signed a EUR200 million financing deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to purchase equipment from the vendor.

NSN wins in Dubai

Nokia Siemens Networks has won a turnkey network expansion and managed services contract with UAE-based mobile operator, ‘du,’ worth about US$225 million.

Ericsson wins du deal

Ericsson and UAE-based operator du have signed a three-year managed services agreement for GSM/WCDMA network operations. Financial details were not disclosed.

Vodafone enters UAE in partnership with du

Vodafone has signed what it calls a “Partner Market agreement” with the UAE-based fixed-line and second-largest mobile operator, du.

UAE operators in network sharing talks

Cellular News reports that the UAE’s two mobile networks, Du and Etisalat, are in talks that could lead to network infrastructure sharing in an effort to cut operating costs.