November 29, 2007

Zizanie S. Zoleta, Global Admin & Membership Support

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E-mail: zizanie@samenacouncil.org
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DUBAI, UAE - November 22, 2007 — SAMENA Telecommunications Council has brought on board yet another valued member: Kalimat Telecom.

This is the first time Iraq is witnessing a full-scale deployment of fixed wireless technology across the country, not just in urban clusters but in remote areas as well. Kalimat Telecom will be the first to serve not only the Iraqi household but also its up and coming small/medium enterprise market.

With a robust workforce of 4000 employees out of which 3,000 services professionals across 44 countries in Middle East and Africa region. Nokia Siemens Networks is driven by the desire to connect the world and forsee 5 billion people to be connected by 2015. Of these people, around 1 billion will come from the Middle East and Africa region.

SAMENA Telecommunications Council is a tri-regional, non-profit telecommunications association that embodies a community of South Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African telecoms operators, manufacturers, regulatory authorities, and academia. SAMENA aims to be the ultimate promoter of collaboration and knowledge-sharing in the SAMENA region that spans 25 countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The Council is driven by telecoms issues that operators in South Asia, the Middle East, and in North Africa face, and is determined in providing its advocacy expertise to help aid the incubation of novel approaches and ideas that would provide better means for the expansion and utilization of telecommunications in the region.

Headquartered in Dubai, SAMENA is chaired by Dr. Mohammed Ali Al Wohaibi, Executive President, Omantel and is directed by Mr. Thomas W. Wilson, CEO, Teralight