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Du Vs Etisalat

Du Vs Etisalat Price Comparison for Home Services


Etisalat has kind of monopoly over telecom sector in UAE. There is no true competition and users have not much choices. Du telecom covers limited area of Dubai and RAK in terms of fixed home services.

The below table shows basic comparison of Du and Etisalat for Triple Play (Landline, Internet and TV package) home services.

Note: There is no year contract for standalone services, however, one year or two years contract is applicable to double play or triple play services provided by both Du and Etisalat. It is advised to check the total cost, hidden charges, device rental charges and exit fee before taking bundle services.



ISPPackage NameInternetLandline
Speed Router National/Phone
(Mbps)IncludedLocal callsIncluded
DuLight8YesFreeNo
EtisalateLife Basic12YesFreeYes
DuBasic16YesFreeNo
EtisalateLife Family20YesFreeYes
DuExtra24YesFreeNo
EtisalateLife Sports50YesFreeYes
EtisalateLife Entertainment50YesFreeYes
DuMax100YesFreeNo
EtisalateLife Premium100YesFreeYes
EtisalateLife 300 Mbps300YesFreeYes
EtisalateLife 500 Mbps500YesFreeYes
DuExtreme1000YesFreeNo

ISPPackage NameTVMonthly Rate
ChannelsPremiumTV on wifiVideo on(Phone, TV
ChannelsdevicesDemandInternet)
DuLightBasicNoYesChargeableAED 335
EtisalateLife BasicN/AN/AYesN/AN/A
DuBasicBasicYesYesChargeableAED 380
EtisalateLife FamilyBasicNoYesChargeableAED 359
DuExtraBasicYesYesChargeableAED 460
EtisalateLife SportsBasicSportsYesChargeableAED 499
EtisalateLife EntertainmentBasicOSN YesChargeableAED 569
DuMaxBasicYesYesChargeableAED 810
EtisalateLife PremiumBasicOSN and SportsYesAED 40/m freeAED 999
EtisalateLife 300 Mbps2 Basic channelsYesAED 40/m freeAED 2999
EtisalateLife 500 Mbps2 Basic channelsYesChargeableAED 5000
DuExtremeBasicYesYesChargeableAED 4600







Charge rate (AED)DuEtisalat
Installation200199
Safe custody20075 upto 2 months per year
Change location100100
UpgradeFreeFree
Downgrade100100
Reconnection50200
Change landline100Not available
Additional voice servicesactivation fee 50 + 20 per monthactivation fee 50 + 25 per month
Additional landline number5550
Static IP10 per monthNot available
Decoder deposit150Not required
Video on demand7 to 19 dirhams7 to 70 dirhams
Additional socket100 per socket + 100 technician visit50 per socket + 100 technician visit
(6 sockets free during installation)Max 3 sockets free during 3P service installation
Additional TV remote5050
Additional HDMI3050
Cancellation100 + early exit fee early of equaling the 100 + early exit fee early of equaling the
sum of any promotion savingssum of any promotion savings


























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Installation Standards

Installation Standard

Substandard installation by field engineers (who are responsible to fix cable, sockets, devices and activate the services such as Internet, IPTV, telephone) is the root cause of customer complaints.

Although most field engineers are well trained, they will try to do short-cut and smart works and fail to adhere the standard. One wrong installation or substandard work is enough to make you suffer for whole contract period. As per Du and Etisalat customer care, both will support their home and enterprise customers for 28 days without any charges provided that there should be no customer fault. But there are the chances - field engineer will re-visit and show customer side fault in their report and make customer to pay the service charges.

In this blog, I will give you idea about installation checklist and common installation standards to verify whether the field engineer is providing quality work or not.

Common practices


  • The fiber cable and cat6 cables should be protected, make sure they are not laying fiber openly. Field engineer must protect the cable by using flexible pipe and/or trunking. Inside customer flat/villa/office most ISPs do not provide PVC pipe or COPEX as it is chargeable in most cases.
  • Flexible pipe must be fixed using holder and trunking must be fixed properly using screws after drilling. The self-adhesive trunking is not reliable for more than 1.5m lenth, hence drilling is compulsory. The holder should be fixed on every 1.5m interval and same goes for drilling also (depending upon the protection and strength).
  • Patch cords should be punched or fixed properly if there is patch panel inside customer premise. You can request your ISP for internal cabling but you must apply and pay the manpower and items charges as per agreement. Your ISP is not bound to do internal cabling of your flat/villa/office. 
  • If you have additional router or access point, you can request field engineer to fix them as well but you cannot force them. As for such additional services, you must give application. Your ISP is not bound to configure the devices purchases from outside market.
  • ONT and sockets should be in correct alignment and tightly fixed in the wall. If there is patch panel box, ONT can be placed inside or fixed by drilling the metal plate. Use of the double mask tape is considered as substandard work.
There is common standard for installation. The pictures shown below may vary according to actual site scenario and new training or instructions provided to field engineer. Please make sure they are fixing things properly and is acceptable to you. You don't have to pay them and they are not doing any favor to you by providing quality work. Quality is everybody's responsibility.


Du Installation - above false ceiling area
Du Installation - inside patch panel

Du Installation - wall

Etisalat Installtion - wall

Etisalat Installation - patch panel

The cable arrangement inside the abs box/trunking will be like this

Du connection illustration

Etisalat connection illustration

 The above installation pictures are acceptable and as per common standards.

Click below link to go to get ideas about common checklist to cross verify that your are getting proper services.

Installation Checklist


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Installation Checklist

Installation Checklist

Substandard installation by field engineers (who are responsible to fix cable, sockets, devices and activate the services such as Internet, IPTV, telephone) is the root cause of customer complaints.

Although most field engineers are well trained, they will try to do short-cut and smart works and fail to adhere the standard. One wrong installation or substandard work is enough to make you suffer for whole contract period. As per Du and Etisalat customer care, both will support their home and enterprise customers for 28 days without any charges provided that there should be no customer fault. But there are the chances - field engineer will re-visit and show customer side fault in their report and make customer to pay the service charges.

In this blog, I will give you idea about installation checklist and common installation standards to verify whether the field engineer is providing quality work or not.

Installation Checklist 


  • Support number available or not
  • On-site payment required or not
  • Router is required or not
  • Verify Landline service
  • Verify Internet service
  • Verify TV service
  • Support number

    Note down the field engineer name and mobile number, his supervisor name and mobile number and customer care number (give one miss call). In UAE it is common to ask field engineer number and name otherwise you will end up answering call center questions.
  • On-site payment

    Do not pay for anything (socket, cat6 and fiber cables, patch cords, connectors, screws, trunking, masking tape) as all are included in installation charge. All you have to do is provide power extension cord upon request.
  • Router

    If you are new customer
    • Etisalat connection
      • always apply for Etisalat PnP router if you are normal residence customer
      • purchase best quality Cisco brand router, if you are enterprise customer. Etisalat router is custom firmware and does not have satisfactory performance but price is double than the market price.
    • Du connection
      • purchase best quality Cisco brand router
      • Du is also providing good quality TPLink router
  • Telephone service

    Check incoming and outgoing (including mobile and international calls) at the same time. It should work. Sometime additional services will be activated when your work order gets closed by the system, so you can expect maximum 24 hour for the activation of additional services.
  • Internet service

    Check the Internet through wire connection from socket and wireless connection both. Ask field engineer to verify the speed
    • direct from ONT to your laptop
    • from router to your devices using wire connection (should be maximum of applied speed)
    • from wireless connection (will show some loss if you are in another room or bit far away from the router)
    • Field engineer is not responsible for the speed if you are using your own router, low end wireless devices (such as Chinese phones), low end or virus affected laptops or vpn services.
  • TV Service

    Check the TV services, remote control buttons, subscribe channels, picture quality, video output channel, physical condition of HDMI or AV cables. Check for additional features how to operate stuffs.
The below link provides idea about the common installation standards which are acceptable and ensure that they will not give any physical problems. 

Installation Standards


The below pictures shows common installation standards

Du connection

Etisalat connection


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Which one is good Du or Etisalat ?

Which ISP is better in UAE - Du or Etisalat ? 

Competition between the country’s two operators Etisalat and Du intensified from December 2013, when mobile users were allowed to switch between companies while retaining their phone number. But there were a significant number of complaints following the introduction of mobile number portability, with customers saying they could not migrate easily between the two operators.


The below table summarizes some aspects of mobile network performance (conducted by TRA)


As per TRA (Telecom Regulatory Authority, UAE) consumers anywhere in the UAE can decide between Du and Etisalat for fixed services (landline and Internet, IPTV provisioning not feasible yet). Both are sharing their network in various parts of UAE. 

Bitstream service refers to the work order issued by Etisalat to serve Du customers (means Du will use Etisalat network to serve its customer) and FNL service refers to the work order issued by Du to serve Etisalat customers (means Etisalat will use Du network to serve its customers).

When it comes to fixed services, you have to consider both quality and price.

The below chart summarizes the service aspects.




I've not compared the price in above table as there is promotions, different packages, offers. For the best price list you can check their websites (etisalat.ae and du.ae) or call their call centers (800101 for Etisalat and 043905555 for Du).

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Using Etisalat Email Service

Using Etisalat Email Service


The webmail service from Etisalat easy to use and you can link personal email addresses from gmail, yahoo etc from the your_name@eim.ae.

There are two categories to use Etisalat Email services.

A) For business customer
B) For regular customer

1) Login - For business customer
  • type username and password provided by Etisalat to login
2) Login - For regular customer
  • select Account Login > Personal > My Email
3) Home page for email

After the successful login, following welcome page will appear.




ENJOY EMAILING !!