Etisalat has announced the launch of its public WiFi initiative, which is intended to provide high-speed WiFi access to over 250 key locations across the country.
The ‘UAE WiFi by Etisalat' service will offer free connectivity to existing Etisalat mobile 1GB data customers, with free allowance from 5 hours up to 30 hours depending on the mobile data package.
Other users can pay for access, at a rate of AED25 for two days or AED100 for ten days, paying by credit card or Wasel recharge cards.
Etisalat's Chief Consumer Officer, Khaled ElKhouly, said, "The UAE is the region's fastest growing hub for business. It is result of the forward thinking on the part of this country's visionary leaders. Keeping with their vision, Etisalat has laid out an excellent telecom infrastructure to enable connectivity for residents and businesses. We are taking it a step further and making free, high-speed and unlimited public WiFi a norm, helping people stay connected more than ever before.
"Etisalat services stand for quality, and quality is what we aim to deliver with our uninterrupted, high-speed public WiFi service. No advertisement pop-ups mean customers can enjoy a seamless mobile experience as they browse the Internet, use social messenger services or stream videos on UAE WiFi by Etisalat", he added.
Rival operator du launched its public WiFi service, ‘WiFI UAE', which covered 200 locations by May of this year. The service gives free WiFi access to government websites and a free restricted-speed service, and a higher-speed paid-for service.
Both operators offer apps to find the nearest public WiFi locations.