The new move follows three years of deadlock in which Etisalat has blocked proposals by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority to improve competition, transparency and services provided to customers.
The dispute is over “bitstream access”, the technology with which an internet service provider leases out its infrastructure so multiple operators can use it.
Etisalat’s latest public response in the consultation process, published by the TRA this week, is: “Etisalat believes that bitstream access interconnection at the local level should not be imposed.”
Du responded with: “Etisalat has not provided any justification to its argument.”
Etisalat Nigeria has announced users of biNu can now access the cloud-based mobile application that works on Java and Android phones for a NGN30 weekly access fee. In a statement posted on its website, the company said users of the app can visit selected URLs for free after the weekly subscription fee has been deducted.
Morocco’s state investment vehicle, Caisse de Depot et de Gestion (CDG) on Wednesday said it could partner with Dubai-based telecom operator Etisalat, to acquire 53 percent shareholding in Maroc Telecom (Maroc), Morocco’s biggest operator. The French telecoms giant, Vivendi, plans to dispose of its 53 percent shareholding in Maroc and CDG CEO Anas Alami, has said legislation permitted them to usurp up to 10 percent of Maroc.