Soon learning material would be accessible to the students of the United Arab Emirates (UEA), along with other relevant contents through their mobile phones with the launch of the new m-education system. Etisalat announced its collaboration with Blackboard Inc. to start m-education in Abu Dhabi University by January 2011 as a pilot project. The Blackboard Mobile Learn solution, will enable students and teachers to gain instant access to their courses and content on their cell phone.
Powered by Etisalat's 3.5 G network that covers over 99% of the UAE, the system will be compatible with any mobile device, including Android phone, BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad. The agreement was signed between Abdulla Hashim, Senior Vice President, Business Solutions at Etisalat, Mika Alapiessa, Senior Vice President of Blackboard, and Terrence Motiuk, the Vice Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University.