FOR RELEASE ON
December 22, 2006
Contact: Nermeen Negm, Marketing Manager
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Karine De Moraes, Marketing Communications Manager
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EXPANDS SAMENA’s MEMBERSHIP BASE Top
DUBAI, UAE — December 22, 2006 — SAMENA Telecommunications
Council, the region’s premier non-profit telecoms association, today
announced that Centile, one of the leading enablers of next-generation
SIP-based services for converged Fixed-Mobile and multimedia applications,
is now a SAMENA Member.
Centile has agreed to support the Council’s goal of creating an
open and collaboration-driven front, encompassing a multi-faceted
approach to introduce innovations in telecoms expansion efforts
throughout the SAMENA region.
Mr. Ahmed Bouna, Centile’s EMEA Sales Director, said “joining SAMENA
is strategically sound for us. We develop VoIP applications for
converged fixed and mobile services, and thoroughly understand the
telecoms convergence that is slowly catching up, and which the operators
need to embrace. As a VoIP applications software vendor, Centile
is honored to work very closely with SAMENA, to be part of its business-focused
strides to help us reach a new level of profitability. We will be
sharing all our VoIP expertise with SAMENA’s members”.
SAMENA’s executive team welcomes on board Mr. Ahmed Bouna, Centile’s
primary link to SAMENA, and anticipates a long, mutually beneficial
relationship with Centile.
The new SAMENA Member will be exhibiting its latest consumer and
enterprise-based telecoms solutions at SAMENA’s upcoming corporate-level
event, Beyond Connectivity. The event will be held between January
21 and 23, 2007 in Dubai.
Centile is a leading enabler of next-generation SIP-based services
for converged Fixed-Mobile and multimedia applications, and allows
operators to offer unique value-added and cost-effective new multimedia
services to both the business and consumer markets. Its pre-IMS
VoIP applications platform, the IntraSwitch, provides the scalability,
reliability and manageability to support hundreds of thousands of
customers in a highly distributed and modular architecture. The
platform comes fully loaded with ready-to-market service functionalities,
which include Business Trunking, VoIP VPN, IP Centrex, Hybrid IP
Centrex, Mobile IP Centrex, Intra Centrex, and Residential VoIP.
Additionally, the platform offers value-added Class 5 features that
include CTI (Computer Telephony Integration), a full Media Server
with IVRs (Interactive Voice Response), ACD (Automatic Call Distribution),
Conferencing, Presence Management, Instant Messaging, and Video
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
to provide 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.