The UAE telecom providers would benefit in the long term should a third operator be introduced into the market, analysts have stated. “The UAE is one of the highest in the GCC with respect to penetration. So the penetration is very high. The addition of one more service provider doesn’t mean their piece of the pie will be reduced,” Wasim Khan, telecoms sector leader, Ernst & Young told at the Telecoms World Middle East conference. “We have seen countries where the regulator has opened up the market and you have seen far more positive growth. The concern will be there because of the geography and the population, but bringing in more players in the long term is definitely healthy,” Khan added.