ABU DHABI Jan 24 UAE telecom operators,
Etisalat ETEL.AD and du DU.DU, will offer customers full
number portability by the end of the first-quarter, the
telecommunications regulator said on Monday.
This means customers will be able to keep their old
telephone number if they switch providers.
"It will stimulate competition between the two operators
because operators will try to hold onto their customers,"
Mohamed Al Ghanim, director general of the Telecommunications
Regulatory Authority, told reporters at a conference in Abu
Ghanim also ruled out issuing a third UAE telephone licence.
"The market cannot take it," he added.
(Reporting by Stanley Carvalho, writing by Matt Smith; Editing
by Dinesh Nair)