Vodafone Qatar becomes Member of SAMENA Telecommunications Council 2014/09/15

Vodafone Qatar becomes Member of SAMENA Telecommunications Council

Dubai, UAE, September 15, 2014 - SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced Vodafone Qatar - one of Qatar’s leading telecom operators - as the latest addition to its rapidly growing membership base which comprises leading telecom operators and service providers from across the South Asia, Middle East, and North Africa region.

Welcoming Vodafone Qatar into the Council’s fold, Mr. Bocar BA, CEO of SAMENA Council, said, “As a key player in one of SAMENA region’s most active markets, where the SAMENA Council routinely seeks opportunities to contribute and participates in industry consultations, Vodafone Qatar can benefit significantly by becoming an important part of the Council’s major operator membership base. Together, SAMENA Council and Vodafone Qatar can hope to make tangible contributions in voicing key perspectives on industry developments and needs, and particularly so for Qatar’s telecoms market. We are pleased to see Vodafone Qatar among us and we look forward to working with Mr. Kyle Whitehill and his team closely.”

Mr. Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Vodafone Qatar, said, “We are proud to be part of such a distinguished community of industry peers. SAMENA Council’s expansive geographic reach and multi-stakeholder framework makes it a platform that is truly representative of the region’s telecom industry, ensuring that a range of perspectives are reflected in its policies and decisions. For Vodafone, this presents an opportunity to work closely with other stakeholders across the ICT ecosystem to create new business synergies and collaborate on addressing issues of mutual concern.”
As a member of the SAMENA Council, Vodafone Qatar will be able to leverage the Council’s regional and international reach as well as advocacy support programs, which are designed to promote digitization in the region, encourage investment in broadband infrastructure, approach regulatory and industry governance matters from transparent and consensus-driven perspectives, and to enable close communication among all the stakeholders.

Vodafone Qatar is part of the world's leading international mobile communications group, the Vodafone Group. After only five full years of operations in the country, Vodafone’s network now provides 100% geographic coverage of Qatar, delivering dependable services to more than one million customers who actively use the network every month.

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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 90 leading regional and international organizations. Headquartered in the UAE, SAMENA was founded in 2006, chaired by Dr. Nasser Marafih and led by Mr. Bocar A. BA. 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.

For SAMENA Council’s membership inquiries please contact:
Ms. Rola Osseiran
MARCOM Director
SAMENA Telecommunications Council
Email: rola@samenacouncil.org

For more information, please contact:

Farah Ibrahim
TRACCS
Tel: +9714 3672530
TRACCS Media Hotline: +97150 9448389
Email:farah.ibrahim@traccs.net