VIVA Kuwait Telecommunications Co joins SAMENA Council as member 2011/11/22

VIVA Kuwait Telecommunications Co joins SAMENA Council as member

VIVA Kuwait Telecommunications Co has joined SAMENA Telecommunication Council as member. Kuwait Telecommunications Co, with the Brand name “VIVA Kuwait” was established as the third GSM Operator in Kuwait with Saudi Telecom (STC) as its Strategic Partner holding 26% stake in its capital. STC has signed a long term Management and Operations contract with the Company. VIVA launched its commercial operation on Dec 3, 2008 and VIVA has been able to acquire 20% of market share in an extremely competitive market.

Mr. Bocar A. BA, President of SAMENA is pleased to announce the VIVA Kuwait’s joining SAMENA said that VIVA Kuwait is an intensifying company in the region that deliver efficient, reliable and superior quality to its customers. He added that VIVA’s joining SAMENA is a big deal. Mr. Bocar also extended sincere welcome to VIVA Kuwait and said that we’ll do everything possible to provide our new regional member with the platform to exchange ideas, and to collaborate on regional issues as well as provide the opportunities to be part of SAMENA’s meetings and conferences to multiply business.

About SAMENA
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is South Asia - Middle East - North Africa (SAMENA) region’s sole operator-driven industry association that represents telecommunications service providers from around the region, and beyond. SAMENA is a not-for-profit organization, with membership comprising more than 80 leading regional and international organizations. Headquartered in the UAE, SAMENA was founded in 2006, chaired by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Isa Al Khalifa and led by Thomas Wilson. SAMENA collaborates with leading non-profit international organizations, including the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the European Telecom Network Operators’ Association. With an expanding member portfolio, the Council is quickly securing strong footing in the region. SAMENA's current network consists of 25 countries from South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. However, organizations from countries of Asia Pacific, Europe and North America also form part of the SAMENA membership.

About VIVA Kuwait
Kuwait Telecommunications Co, with the Brand name “VIVA Kuwait” was established as the third GSM Operator in Kuwait with Saudi Telecom (STC) as its Strategic Partner holding 26% stake in its capital. STC has signed a long term Management and Operations contract with the Company.

VIVA launched its commercial operation on Dec 3, 2008 with a highly successful Number Management Campaign which netted almost quarter million customers in its first three months of operation. It provides Services in 2G, 3G and HSPA+ technology levels. VIVA infrastructure for Mobile Broad Band is equipped for 21.6 Mbps all across the network and for 42.2 Mbps in the whole urban area. VIVA has been able to acquire 20% of market share of an extremely competitive market and is focused on its performance and products to enhance the customer experience and market share further.

The two mile stones to be mentioned in streamlining its operations are the ISO certification awarded to the Technology division of the Company in April 2010 and to the whole Company in April 2011. Implementation of Green Technology, wherever feasible, has been already identified as a 2012 target.

VIVA is quite involved in the CSR activities in Kuwait. In addition, VIVA is the official Sponsor of Kuwait Football team for the World cup qualifying tournament.