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Company Name

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC

Ownership Type

Publicly Traded Company
State/Government Owned



3G UMTS Frequency Bands

4G LTE Frequency Bands

5G NR Frequency Bands

IoT Technology


Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (شركة الإمارات للاتصالات المتكاملة), trading as du, is one of two mobile networks operating in United Arab Emirates. The publicly traded telecommunications company was founded in 2005, branding itself as "du" in 2007 when it launched its first mobile services.

The company provides 2G GSM services over 900 and 1800 MHz, and 3G UMTS (DC-HSPA+) over B1 (2100 MHz). du activated its 4G LTE service in June 2012 over a 20 MHz carrier of B3 (1800 MHz). LTE-A was commercially launched in March 2015, providing up to 225 Mbps through aggregation of 20 MHz B3 (1800 MHz) with 15 MHz B20 (800 MHz).

In June 2017 du demonstrated Massive MIMO tests, achieving over 700 Mbps using a single 20 MHz carrier.

du IoT

In February 2019 du announced the commercial launch of its NB-IoT network in partnership with Nokia and MediaTek. The network reportedly operates over the company's existing B20 (800 MHz) LTE carrier.

du 5G

Through its strategic partnership with Nokia, du tested 5G in October 2015, boasting data rates in excess of 10 Gbps. Real-world testing conducted in May 2018 at Dubai Academic City showcased 1.4 Gbps using 400 MHz of 28 GHz spectrum. The company announced plans to deploy its first 5G NR base stations late 2018, for a 2019 activation. In November 2018 UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority confirmed that it had allocated du 100 MHz of spectrum in the 3.3 to 3.8 GHz range for the purposes of providing 5G services.

The company announced the launch of its 5G network early June 2019, with data rates up to 1.26 Gbps being recorded.

3G UMTS Network Information

Details on UMTS network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Launch Date 2007-02 Status Active
UMTS BandPacket DataStatus
4G LTE Network Information

Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Evolution Status Active [Launched 2012-06]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation Features -
LTE BandChannel WidthStatus
20 MHz Active
15 MHz Active
5G NR Network Information

Details on 5G NR network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.

Type Status Active [Launched 2019-06-02]
Max. MIMO Max. Modulation
Carrier Aggregation - Features -
NR BandChannel WidthStatus
100 MHz Active
IoT Network - NB-IoT (LTE Cat-NB1)
Technology Status Active
Band Launch Date

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Through our R-Spectrum team, we help our clients visualise and understand mobile signal issues by offering a range of radio frequency modelling services for 2G GSM, 3G UMTS, 4G LTE, and 5G NR cellular technologies. The first step to solving any problem is to understand the problem.

News & Developments

DUBAI, UAE – Feb. 19, 2019 – UAE-based telco du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), along with Nokia, Affirmed Networks and MediaTek today announced the launch of next generation Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in the United Arab Emirates based on the latest 3GPP Release 14 standard.

The availability of 5G services in the UAE is one step closer to reality as du, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), today announced its full readiness and ongoing network evolution to offer 5G network during the course of 2018.  This is ahead of the anticipated commercial rollout of the 3GPP compliant 5G terminals in 2019.  

Nokia Networks and du, the Middle East's fastest-growing telecom service provider, are showing the possibilities of 5G systems for future ultra-broadband and critical machine-type communication for the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart city applications.

Nokia Networks enabled du, the Middle East's fastest growing telecommunications service provider, to launch the first LTE-A (LTE-Advanced) services in the UAE. For launching LTE-A services on its 4G network, du used Nokia Networks' advanced radio platform Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station , carrier aggregation software, and professional services, combining FDD-LTE bands 1800 MHz and 800 MHz.