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Telecommunication and calling in UAE

Telecommunications in the UAE are at a very high level. In many ways it even surpasses Czech republic. They’ve got 2 mobile operators-Etisalat and DU, who have more or less monopoly. They are property-related and belong to the ruling family. Some of services, which are common in our country, are forbidden in UAE.

For Example Skype and other video chat programs are illegal here. That’s why these two telecommunication companies employ censors who searched pages of unethical content and block them for common users. This includes also links to download Skype and similar programs. However, there are ways to circumvent such a ban and therefore Skype and other similar programs are collectively used, but you have to bring them already installed in your computer. From time to time telecom. companies invent ways to block these programs, or at least interrupt the operation of most-used Skype. Resistant to such effort is for example GoogleTalk.

The censorship of various Web pages leads sometimes to comical situations. Censors of Etisalat consider as unsafe web site http://revue.idnes.cz, which is basically social column. Censors of DU leave it open. On one hand it’s possible to laugh, on the other hand it’s necessary to perceive a sensitive position of UAE in region. Safety in the country is one of the highest in the world, but it’s redeemed by such measures.

Call costs are relatively low in the UAE, especially in comparison with overpriced Czech operator services.

For an overview we present a table of prices for calls from Emirates to the Czech Republic.

 

Outgoing calls

to CZ

Received calls

in UAE

Called from CZ

SMS(message)

to CZ

SMS(message)

from CZ

O2

66

54

3

12

2

T-Mobile

54

42

3

10,8

2

Vodafone

60

35

3

14,4

2

Etisalat

12

#

75

3

5

DU

12

#

75

3

5

 

The previous table clearly shows how much the international roaming calls from Czech operators are overpriced.

If you travel to the UAE and need to call to Czech republic, it gets cheaper to buy a SIM card from some of those 2 operators. The most advantageous is DU operator, who charges calls after seconds. Rechargeable cards you get to buy in any supermarkets and in most of the shops and restaurants.

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