FROST & SULLIVAN - IN AN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH SAMENA 2007/07/24

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July 24, 2007

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FROST & SULLIVAN - IN AN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH SAMENA    

Mumbai, India 24th July, 2007 - Frost & Sullivan is proud to announce its exclusive partnership with SAMENA Telecommunications Council UAE. SAMENA is a premier collaborative forum aiming to foster idea-sharing among telecom entities of South Asia, the Middle East, and North African markets.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in May 2007, between Mr. Alok Shende, Vice President, Information & Communication Technology, South Asia & Middle East, Frost & Sullivan and Mr. Thomas Wilson, CEO and Executive Managing Director, SAMENA UAE, to identify areas of common interests which contribute to developing, tracking and understanding the Telecommunication market in the Middle East Region. Frost & Sullivan will also be an exclusive Knowledge Partner of SAMENA.

Commenting on this partnership, Mr Alok Shende said "SAMENA as an organisation is paving the way-forward to enhance its value proposition with its members and region. This partnership will help SAMENA leverage on Frost & Sullivan's in-depth knowledge base, research content, analyst & consulting experience in the telecom domain. With Frost & Sullivan's global expertise we are eminently poised to fulfil this role and we are very pleased to be partnering with this esteemed council".

Frost & Sullivan and SAMENA will be able to achieve common benefits through possible cooperation in research, programs and activities related to promoting the field of telecom with stipulations that ensure high-quality implementation of the agreed programs in the Middle East.

Mr. Thomas Wilson, CEO and Executive Managing Director, SAMENA UAE, acknowledged the same and in agreement said that "We do believe we can achieve a lot with this new relationship and the SAMENA team is wholeheartedly behind the progressive nature of making things happen in a very positive manner for all involved".

SAMENA Council will be able to leverage Frost & Sullivan's database as knowledge platform and understand the market and technologies challenges, covering Technological, Econometric and Market perspectives through a customized web portal which will enhance client value and support to SAMENA.

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective, and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit www.frost.com.


About SAMENA
SAMENA Telecommunications Council, a multi-continent telecom consortium, with a network of members that extends beyond continental borders aims to be the ultimate promoter of telecom innovations in its member regions and a facilitator for collaboration and knowledge-sharing between regional telecom entities. Such collaboration and knowledge-sharing between operators, vendors, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, educators, R&D experts, and regulators, aids effective resolutions to technical, economical, and legal issues in regions where tough economical and regulatory environments prevail. For more information, visit www.samenacouncil.org .