Advanced Television


e& acquires controlling stake in PPF Telecom

e&, previously known as Etisalat, has acquired a controlling stake in PPF Telecom Group’s assets in a transaction valued at €2.15 billion – with additional earn-out payments of up to €350 million within three years after closing of the deal if PPF Telecom hits certain financial targets. There is a clawback of €75 million if […]

August 2, 2023

SoftAtHome delivers etisalat by e& smart home service

SoftAtHome, an independent software company for broadband, video and analytics, has been chosen by etisalat by e& as an Alexa Voice control trusted solution provider to deliver the latest smart eLife Set-Top Box (STB) and backend software to enable Alexa voice control features in Arabic and English. The new generation of STBs includes a smart […]

May 30, 2023

New FilmBox channels on Etisalat

SPI/FilmBox and Emirates-based telco Etisalat have agreed a deal to add two new specialised FilmBox channels to subscribers in the Middle East. FilmBox Action and FilmBox Family ware available immediately on channels 654 and 655, respectively.“We are excited to expand on our agreement with our long-standing partner Etisalat with the launch of two sought-after FilmBox […]

October 14, 2022

SES, e& link offer Microsoft Azure connectivity

The Carrier and Wholesale Services (C&WS) division of e& (formerly known as Etisalat Group) has announced a partnership with Microsoft and SES to host the co-located SES O3b mPOWER and Microsoft ground station at Ras Al Khaimah in UAE. The first O3b mPOWER ground station in the region will facilitate one-hop connectivity to the cloud […]

October 13, 2022By Chris Forrester

Etisalat selects Synamedia, 3SS for Switch TV

UAE satellite operator, Etisalat, part of e&, has chosen technologies and services from Synamedia and 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) to add a lean back TV experience for its direct-to-consumer (D2C) streaming service, Switch TV. With the addition of smart TV apps, developed by 3SS and Synamedia for LG smart TVs and Samsung TVs running the […]

April 19, 2022

Etisalat makes leadership appointments

Etisalat Group has announced the appointment of Mikhail Gerchuk as CEO – International and Khalifa Hassan Al Forah Al Shamsi as CEO – Etisalat Consumer Digital. Reporting to Hatem Dowidar – Etisalat Group CEO, Gerchuk and Al Shamsi will help secure the organisation’s growth mandate. Gerchuk will be responsible for providing comprehensive direction to develop […]

February 3, 2022

Etisalat, Starzplay to air ICC T20 World Cup in MENA

Etisalat, a telecom groups in emerging markets, has won the rights from Star TV Network to broadcast the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup across the MENA region, in partnership with Starzplay, MENA region SVoD service. The broadcast rights for the MENA belong exclusively to Etisalat and the partnership with Starzplay will give cricket fans access […]

October 6, 2021

i24NEWS available in UAE via Etisalat

Etisalat, the UAE telecom group, has announced the launch of Israel-based network i24NEWS on eLife and Switch TV, to be included in the services basic package at no extra cost. This makes i24NEWS the first channel broadcast from Israel and available in the United Arab Emirates. The partnership between Etisalat and i24NEWS comes after the […]

January 4, 2021

Etisalat cloud OTT with Synamedia

Video delivery specialist Synamedia has confirmed that UAE’s largest muliplay operator, Etisalat, has launched SwitchTV, a new direct-to-consumer (D2C) service based on Synamedia’s Infinite cloud TV platform and its end-to-end video network portfolio. Etisalat chose to work with Synamedia because its technologies provide the flexibility, security and agility needed to support, monetise and scale a […]

July 21, 2020