FEWA and du finalise landmark agreement

Press release
Published January 9th, 2011 - 01:02 GMT

In continuation of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between du and the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) in January 2010, a strategic agreement has been finalised that will give du immediate access to FEWA’s extensive Dark Fibre Network. The partnership allows du and FEWA to optimally utilise their respective network resources to enhance the scope of their services and operations efficiency for the benefit of all UAE residents. 

The agreement supports du’s plans and is a stepping stone in extending the reach of its fixed services to Northern Emirates which will allow individuals and businesses to enjoy du home and business fixed services. 

Commenting on the agreement, Osman Sultan, CEO, du, said: “We believe that increased cooperation between the private and public sectors based on mutual synergies is the way forward. We are proud of this agreement, which is part of our continuous efforts to strengthen our fixed and mobile network capabilities, and is a significant part of our preparations to extend our fixed services footprint nationwide this year.” 

Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, General Manager, Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA), said: “Infrastructure is a national asset and we wanted to capitalise on our Dark Fibre Network for the benefit the UAE telecom sector, we are proud of this partnership with du and wish them all the best in expanding their national fixed footprint”.

The initial MoU was signed between Mohammed Mohammed Saleh, General Manager, Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA), and Osman Sultan, CEO of du, in January 2010. 

Background Information

Federal Electricity and Water Authority

Federal Electricity & Water Authority (FEWA) was established in 1999 under the Federal Law No. 31 of 1999 to carry out the duties assigned by Ministry of Electricity and Water in achieving several objectives. Its Main objective is to cater the needs of Electricity and potable Water for the population of the Northern Emirates.To achieve this main objective FEWA has to create a balance between the cost of production and the distribution price in consideration with unifying the existing variable pricing strategies, study the consumption behaviors and create awareness to overcome the waste of electricity and water by consumers. FEWA also has to develop and improve revenue collection processes. One of its objectives is also to provide qualification and training to the citizens making them able to work in FEWA. 

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du)

Ever since we opened for business in 2006, we have worked hard to enhance and expand our bouquet of services in an industry that is at the heart of economic and social transformation. Bringing people and businesses together is what we do best, offering mobile and fixed telephony, broadband connectivity and IPTV services to people, homes and businesses all over the UAE. We also provide carrier services, a data hub, internet exchange facilities and satellite services for broadcasters.

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