Etisalat and Du, the UAE’s two telecommunications service providers, netted around Dh20 billion from mobile phone subscription in 2011 and nearly two thirds of the revenue came from pre-paid GSM SIM cards.
By the end of April, the two firms had 12.49 million mobile phone users, including around 763,000 subscribers who entered the market in the first four months of 2012, according to figures by the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA).
The figure includes around 11.005 million pre-paid GSM subscribers and the remaining users are on a monthly bill.
Revenue netted by Etisalat and Du from pre-paid users totalled around Dh12.33 billion in 2011 while monthly bill subscribers fetched Dh6.78 billion, showed the figures published in the semi official daily Alittihad.
The earnings were nearly 8.3 per cent higher than in 2010, when they stood at nearly Dh17.4 billion, the report showed.
At the end of April 2012, Etisalat and Du also had 1.89 million fixed line telephone subscribers and 911,466 internet users.