To support those affected by the shutdown of the second generation network

Etisalat provides phones that support the "fourth generation" at nominal prices

Etisalat: Energizer phone is available for AED 126. Photography: Ahmed Arditi

The First Vice President for Corporate Communications at Etisalat Group, Dr. Ahmed Bin Ali, confirmed that Etisalat supports low-income people and workers who may be affected by the closure of the second generation network, by providing mobile phones that support the fourth generation network and the fourth generation network Advanced prices at nominal prices for these groups.

In response to Emirates Today’s questions related to the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s announcement in 2022, the date for the closure of the second generation mobile phone (GSM) network in the UAE, he said that this support also comes by returning the value of mobile phones to the balance of the subscribers affected by the network closure, in installments. monthly.

New Phone

He explained that «Etisalat» provides the «Energizer» smart phone, which supports the advanced fourth generation network at a price not exceeding 126 dirhams, provided that prepaid customers recover a balance of 120 dirhams throughout the year.

He emphasized that the customers affected by the second generation shutdown can buy this mobile phone from the website, the “My Etisalat UAE” application, and through the “Etisalat” branches in the country.

Ben Ali affirmed that coordination will be made with sectors that still use the second generation network to communicate between devices using M2M technology, such as transport sectors, vehicle tracking devices, and mobile payment devices, by providing offers to upgrade and replace devices, to support advanced generations of networks. , Such as the fourth and fifth generations, pointing out that this matter will make a big difference, as these networks are characterized by the tremendous data download speeds, up to 3.1 gigabits per second, and with a lower response time.

Digital development

Ben Ali explained that the closure of the second generation network aims to keep pace with the digital development witnessed by the telecommunications sector, by taking advantage of the frequencies and bands occupied by the second generation network, allocating them to the more advanced networks, and replacing the operational and maintenance costs of the second generation network, whose use is greatly reduced around The world, for the benefit of more modern networks.

The First Vice President for Corporate Communications in the "Etisalat Group" praised the great role played by the fifth generation network in supporting the acceleration of technical progress, bringing with it enormous capabilities that open horizons for new opportunities, stressing the need to invest in the fifth generation network for its ability to meet countless needs. Its, foremost, is the speed of network response.

He said that the fifth generation network constitutes a real nucleus of modern technologies, such as the "Internet of Things", cloud computing, big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous technologies, and augmented and virtual reality technologies, pointing out that by stopping the old generations of networks, it is available to individuals and societies Take advantage of all these promising technologies that are an essential part of the digital future.

Global trend

Dr. Ahmed bin Ali, the first vice president for corporate communication at Etisalat Group, said that many developed countries, such as Japan, Singapore and South Korea, shut down the second generation network, at a time when a large group of countries announced their intention to shut down the network in the coming years . Saudi Arabia had announced its intention to close the "third generation" network by the end of 2022, in line with its strategy to support digital transformation in the Kingdom.

Ahmed bin Ali. From the source

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