Etisalat Egypt is a subsidiary of Etisalat U.A.E., the sole telecommunications services provider in the United Arab Emirates from 1976 until the arrival of Du (telco) in February 2007, and the first 3.5G network operator in Egypt.
Etisalat Misr is one of 14 service providers managed by Etisalat in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Etisalat currently has access to a potential market of over 400 million subscribers and today Etisalat services over 32 million subscribers including the total number of fixed-line, Internet, mobile and television from each of its subsidiaries.
In November 2007, Etisalat upgraded to 3.75G which is the marketing term for HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet access).
The Uplink channel carries information from the mobile terminal to the network such as file uploading, e-mail attachments and user response in interactive games. HSUPA is an enhancement of 3.5G networks that increases upload speeds.
Current handsets support up to 1.4 Mbit/s. HSDPA stands for High Speed Downlink Packet access.
A Downlink channel carries information from the network to the mobile terminal such as video and music downloads. Etisalat is the first mobile operator in Egypt to offer Downlink speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s which is two times faster than 3.5G downlink speeds. It is currently available in specific locations in Cairo and outside Cairo and expected to be available where there is 3G network by the end of November 2007.