SAMENA TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL'S MEMBERS RECOGNIZED AT COMMSMEA AWARDS 2007/09/03

FOR RELEASE ON
September 3, 2007

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SAMENA TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL'S MEMBERS RECOGNIZED AT COMMSMEA AWARDS

UAE, Dubai — September 2, 2007— SAMENA Telecommunications Council participated in one of the region’s most prestigious award ceremonies where several SAMENA members participated and some were recognized for their achievements in key telecommunications business areas.

Organized by the MENA region’s leading business-to-business telecom publications, CommsMEA, the event assessed the performance of regional telecommunications companies in 14 different areas of the industry and celebrated a mix of 12 companies and personalities for their achievements. A high profile panel of judges awarded leading regional operators for their efforts.

SAMENA members present at the event included UAE’s du, which posed tough competition to Etisalat-Misr for the prize of New Entrant of the Year. Oman's second operator Nawras collected the award for Middle East Mobile Operator of the Year. Inmarsat’s BGAN solution received its due recognition as the Most Innovative Non-Voice Service of the Year.

Other regional entities included MTC, which received the biggest recognition as the Overall Operator of the Year. Qatar Telecom won the prize of the Telecoms Deal of the Year for its acquisition of Wataniya Telecom and Mena Telecom. Telecom Egypt received its due recognition as the Fixed Line Operator of the Year.

SAMENA’s participation in this award ceremony reflected on the Council’s commitment to witness its members’ continuous growth and to play an active role in projecting its membership's achievements using its regional platform.

The South Asia – Middle East – North Africa Telecommunications Council congratulates all participants and the recipients of the CommsMEA awards.


About SAMENA
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, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The 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 the incubation of novel approaches and ideas that would provide better means for the expansion and utilization of telecommunications in the region.

Headquartered in Dubai, SAMENA is chaired by Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Wohaibi, Executive President, Omantel and is directed by Mr. Thomas W. Wilson, CEO, Teralight.