Press Release

Press Release

China Mobile International Joins SAMENA Council to Extend Cooperation on Industry Development Matters

SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced that China Mobile International Limited (CMI), the international arm of China Mobile, which is the world’s largest operator in terms of mobile network size and customer base, has joined its membership to take active part in addressing issues surrounding digital communications, as business sustainability challenges and advanced technologies take center stage in Telecom Operators' strategy and evolving role within the world's digital economy.

Expressing his warm welcome to CMI on having joined SAMENA Council's community of Telecom Operators from and operating in the SA-ME-NA (South Asia - Middle East - North Africa) region, Bocar BA, CEO & Board Member stated, "CMI's experience in integrated digital communications is world-class and its ability to address digital communications needs of the world's largest subscriber base is astounding. SAMENA Council and CMI recognize the importance of the SA-ME-NA region as a high-potential market for business growth and for fulfilling the digital development goals. I warmly welcome the CMI team on joining SAMENA Council, and we look forward to a close association that can benefit CMI in a strategic manner, while strengthening SAMENA Council's advocacy work on behalf of Telecom Operators."

"China Mobile International is very pleased to join SAMENA Council, which is an excellent community allowing us to communicate and exchange information with the partners in the SA-ME-NA region. Our global network resources and continuous investments in the region, and our high quality and competitive services would facilitate our partners to tackle the challenges in the ever-changing world, to help contribute to the digital economy of the region", stated Alex Y.S. LEE, Managing Director, China Mobile International Middle East.

CMI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, mainly responsible for the operation of China Mobile's international business. In order to provide better services to meet the growing demand in the international telecommunications market, China Mobile established a subsidiary, CMI, in December 2010. CMI currently has 70 terrestrial and submarine cable resources worldwide, with a total international transmission bandwidth of over 70T, and a total of 170+ POPs. With Hong Kong, China as its launchpad, CMI has significantly accelerated global IDC development, creating a strong network for data centre cloudification.

Leveraging the strong support by China Mobile, CMI is a trusted partner that provides comprehensive international telecom services and solutions to international carriers, enterprises, and mobile users. Headquartered in Hong Kong, China, CMI has expanded its footprint in 36 countries and regions.

SAMENA Council believes policies and co-operative approaches can help develop new methods and models of engagement, help frame future-friendly regulations and policies, and cross-stakeholder involvement should be fostered to incentivize and influence more investment in digital development. The digital ecosystem's sustainability challenges and the need for making better use of digital technologies, therefore, demand that Telecom Operators, across the regions, collectively communicate on common issues and needs, while benefitting from SAMENA Council's advocacy support in building communication bridges with regional governments.