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Greg Young was appointed CEO of Ooredoo Oman (then Nawras) in October 2013, replacing founding CEO, Ross Cormack. In recent times the operator has stalled operationally as well as financially having reported shrinking revenues and net profit, wreaking havoc with its share price. Since taking the reins Young has stabilised the telco’s performance and believes he can breathe new life into the operator and watch it fulfil its potentialGreg Young

Prior to his appointment as CEO of Ooredoo Oman in October 2013, Greg Young acknowledges there was a period of under-investment at the company that may have given rise to some under-performance

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Competing to be data king

Coming up to two years since his appointment as Vodafone Qatar CEO in June 2013, Kyle Whitehill has been able to infuse the Qatar cellco with the type of energy associated with Vodafone Group companies worldwide. Investing heavily in people and technology, Vodafone Qatar is carving out a successful niche for itself in this small Gulf market, which stands out as Vodafone’s only direct investment in the Middle EastKyle Whitehill, CEO, Vodafone Qatar (1)

Kyle Whitehill has been CEO of Vodafone Qatar since June 2013, a period in which the company’s share price has almost doubled

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Conquering Africa

IHS has been one of the leading independent tower companies in Africa, and the September 2014 move of over 9,000 sites from MTN Nigeria to a company jointly held by IHS and MTN took the company to a whole new level of operation. Mohamad Darwish, IHS Group Executive Committee Member and founding partner, has a hands-on roll in Nigeria as IHS’ deputy CEO there, and talks to Comm. about the opportunities and challenges resulting from the company’s successes across the continentMohamad Darwish

Darwish says IHS didn’t only come about with co-location solutions, but has long technical experience and expertise in telecom

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Back in the game

Alcatel-Lucent hosted its annual Tech Symposium in New Jersey in November, and the atmosphere was decidedly confident, be it on a low key basis. The company, which was facing deep financial distress just a couple of years ago appears to have turned the corner as it looks to change the gears of its ‘Shift Plan’ strategy and focus on innovating, transforming, and growing the companyPic 1 - 15187005674_ba018b0f89_h

Michel Combes was proud to report that as part of 2014’s Alcatel-Lucent Tech Symposium, the company had held its first investor day since 2006

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Mr. Deeds

On November 9, 2014, Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa (VMMEA) introduced the Virgin brand into Saudi Arabia, following up on the October 1 introduction of its co-brand FRiENDi mobile into the same market. While the decision to launch and incorporate two mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) brands in the same market simultaneously has already set VMMEA apart from its competitors, the company’s ability to simply commercialise its operations in the kingdom is probably its largest differentiator to date DSC_3500 (2)

Mikkel Vinter said VMMEA is pursuing a 10x5x10 strategy, looking to be in 10 markets in five years, counting 10 million customers

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Du creates new role and appoints ex-Mobily man to fill it

UAE telco Du announced the appointment of Carlos Domingo in the newly created role of senior executive officer, New Business and Innovation. As a member of the executive management team, Domingo’s responsibilities will include leading the development and execution of Du’s new business and innovation strategies, to foster a connected society and empower business acumen […]

Minute year-on-year quarterly organic service revenue growth gives Vodafone hope

Vodafone reported that in fiscal Q4 to March 31, 2015, the telco company returned to organic service revenue growth, albeit by a slim 0.1 percent, after 10 quarters of shrinkage. Weakness in Europe was offset by strong growth in its Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific (AMAP) region. It comes as the telco reported a profit […]

Bharti Airtel in line for US$2 billion funding from Chinese banks

Bharti Airtel has secured financing of up to US$2.5 billion from China Development Bank (CDB) and Commercial Bank of China. CDB is reported to have put up US$2 billion in credit, with a further US$500 million coming through from Commercial Bank of China. According to an Airtel statement, its agreement with CDB represents the single […]

Vodacom highlights toughening domestic conditions in its FY results to end-March

Vodacom reported that total revenue rose by 2.1 per cent to ZAR77.3 billion (US$6.5 billion) for the twelve months to March 31, 2015, while service revenue during the period only grew by 0.2 per cent to ZAR62.2 billion. Group net profit fell by 8.5 per cent to ZAR12.5 billion. The group’s total customer base grew […]

ROADS at Huawei are leading to BES

The tagline for Huawei’s first Cloud Conference to be held in the Middle East was ‘make it simple, make business agile’, and from the communications service providers’ (CSP) point of view, the technology company is looking to help them to act as fast as over the top (OTT) players to market developments. It is estimated […]

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