October 26, 2007
Riaz Asher Siddiqui, Senior Vice President, Network Operators Relations
ETISALAT - NOW A MEMBER OF SAMENA
Morocco — The South Asia – Middle East –
North Africa Telecommunications Council has confirmed that the UAE’s
Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), which also has
significant stakes in Pakistan Telecom Company (PTCL), has joined
its internationally expanding members base.
being one of the SAMENA region’s dominant players, has experienced
robust growth over the recent past, which is a reflection of the company’s
focus on expanding connectivity beyond borders. The operator was one
of the few telecom companies that sought expansion outside of the
home markets very early on. This experience has proven to be a source
of inspiration for M&A ventures that have now started in the regional
addition to the SAMENA membership can prove to be of significant resourcefulness
for the entire area, and to SAMENA’s goal of generating region-wide
dialogue between telecoms operators. The company will directly benefit
from SAMENA’s innovative and creative approach in the region
which plays a vital role in connecting various telecom companies in
a unique and dynamic way to foster idea-sharing. This, ultimately,
helps to tap new growth potential in the fast-paced marketplace, as
is evident from ongoing business agreements that have been reached
at the SAMENA platform.
Telecommunications Council’s membership platform, since its
creation in April 2006, has generated new approaches for better dealing
with telecoms and pertinent regulatory challenges as well as for serving
growing customer needs in the market.
Telecommunications Council welcomes Etisalat and looks forward to
working together to introduce innovations within the SAMENA region.
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecommunications
association that embodies a community of South Asian, Middle Eastern,
and North African telecoms operators, manufacturers, regulatory authorities,
and academia. SAMENA aims to be the ultimate promoter of collaboration
and knowledge-sharing in the SAMENA region that spans 25 countries,
including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran,
Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan,
Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab
Emirates, and Yemen.
Council is driven by telecoms issues that operators in South Asia,
the Middle East, and in North Africa face, and is determined in providing
its advocacy expertise to help aid incubation of novel approaches
and ideas that would provide better means for the expansion and utilization
of telecommunications in the region.
in Dubai, SAMENA is chaired by Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Wohaibi, Executive
President, Omantel and is directed by Mr. Thomas W. Wilson, CEO, Teralight.