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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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The big promise of Big Data

The telecommunications industry faces declining revenues in developed markets and stagnating growth in emerging ones. Telcos thus need to tap into new sources of revenue growth, while reducing their cost structure. Big Data has been proposed as one of the industry’s solutions for both revenue growth and cost savings.EWD_9153 (681x1024)

Santiago Castillo, Principal at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

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