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اتصالات is an IDN Brand TLD being proposed in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The applicant is Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (trading as Etisalat). The string is the applicant’s registered trademark in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Excerpted from response to question # 18 in TLD application:
"Etisalat (Emirates Telecommunications Corporation) has chosen to apply for the TLD to promote awareness of its services and products and facilitate the digital growth and expansion of the اتصالات brand (which is “Etisalat” in Arabic script) The TLD will be a tool to control and protect the brand and its Trademarks by providing an official digital hub for consumers worldwide as well as foster consumer trust by creating a secure and technically stable zone. Etisalatʹs mission is to extend peopleʹs reach by promoting its core consumer-centric values of reliability, openness, enabling, simplicity, caring, energy and optimism. Etisalat believes not only that the deployment of the TLD will facilitate this mission, but also that it will contribute to ICANNʹs commitment to innovation, consumer protection, security, and stability.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Etisalat has presence in Middle East, Asia and Africa and is the largest telecommunications operator in the Middle East and Africa. With a market value in excess of AED 80 billion (US$21 billion) and annual revenues of approximately AED 32 billion (US$9 billion), Etisalat is a successful and respected corporation both in the MENA region and worldwide. It has won dozens of awards, including being named ʺbest overall operatorʺ in the Middle East 10 times since 2006, and in 2012, receiving prestigious GSMA awards for Best Mobile Health Innovation, and Mobile Product for Women in Emerging Markets for Mobile Baby initiative and also named Best Mobile Money Innovation.
Etisalat has served the telecommunications need of individuals and businesses in the UAE and Gulf Region since 1976. Since then, it has built a modern telecom infrastructure, established itself as a technology leader, and continued to expand its reach not only through innovative services for its UAE customer base but through its ever growing international markets. Etisalat is a blue chip multinational organization that operates in 17 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa – a coverage area with a population of over two billion people. The group’s global subscriber base exceeds over 165 million subscribers through mobile, fixed line voice and data services, broadband and cable TV. Its satellite network provides services over two thirds of the planetʹs surface. Etisalat is one of the worldʹs fastest growing operators, and it has helped the UAE sustain its position as the regionʹs technological hub while simultaneously pioneering environmentally friendly information and communications systems.
Etisalat is not only in the telecommunications business ; the corporation offers a variety of hi-tech complimentary services to the telecommunications industry including managerial and technical training, SIM card manufacturing, payment solutions, clearing house services, peering, voice and data transit, and submarine and land cable services. The decision to apply for the TLD is part and parcel of its commitment to state-of-the-art technology throughout the company infrastructure and product offering, which has seen Etisalat pioneer next-generation networks for fixed lines and wireless and deploy enough fibre optic cable in the UAE to stretch to the moon and back two and a half times. Not only will this infrastructure meet the highest international standards, but it is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 80% and energy consumption by 70%. This focus on technological innovation and environmental responsibility has helped Etisalat capture significant market share as the company expands.
Etisalat shares ICANNʹs commitment to consumer empowerment, innovation, and competition. One noted example is the introduction of mobile broadband services (including video call and mobile TV) to Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which has changed market dynamics and provided affordable internet access to millions of consumers. Etisalat was named ʺmost innovative companyʺ at the 2011 International Business Awards and has recently launched 4G mobile to the UAE while offering the Middle Eastʹs fastest fixed line broadband service.
In addition to its commitment to technology and its consumers, Etisalat takes its mission of corporate social responsibility very seriously, and it actively engages in projects promoting health care for women in sub-Saharan Africa, providing access to clean water in Egypt, and famine and malnourishment relief in Africa, among others. Etisalat supported, and contributed to multiple initiatives in 2011, through sponsorships and donations for sports, educational, health, community and charitable events - in an ongoing mission to help enhance all aspects of society.
Although the initial number of domains is expected to be small, depending on the evolution of the new TLD program and uses of new TLDs, Etisalat domains may be made available for registration by higher numbers of affiliates of Etisalat."