The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has confirmed that both telecommunication operators in the country, Etisalat and Du, are technically ready to open their fixed-line networks for competition. Both operators will be able to provide all fixed-line services, including telephone and internet services, and in the near future television services, everywhere in the UAE. With the two operators opening their infrastructure to each other, customers will be able to select their service provider in every household and business across the nation.The parties have concluded the negotiations on the technical and operational details of the network sharing arrangements and are currently in the process of undertaking comprehensive testing of the networks and systems interfaces. Etisalat and Du have been negotiating an agreement under the supervision and guidance of the TRA to allow them to provide voice, internet, data and TV services across each other’s copper and fibre networks.