Dubai - February 15, 2018 - SAMENA Telecommunications Council has announced that Telecom Egypt, one of the oldest and largest telecom companies in the SAMENA region, has become its latest Operator Full Member among the region's largest telecom operator networks as well as leading regional telecoms technology companies, and specialist firms.
Mr. Ahmed El Beheiry, Telecom Egypt's CEO & MD, upon joining SAMENA Council, stated that "Telecom Egypt has been, and will always be, a key partner in the rise and expansion of the ICT sector in Egypt and the region. We believe in the importance of understanding the needs of our customers and leverage our capital and network investments and industry alliances to create offerings that ensure a top-notch customer experience to our consumer and enterprise customers. We look forward to represent the Egyptian market within the SAMENA Council and to contribute to the growth of the industry across borders."
SAMENA Council's CEO and member of the Board, Mr. Bocar BA stated, "We are thrilled by Telecom Egypt's decision to become an important part of SAMENA Council. As an integrated operator in one of the oldest telecom markets in the world and over a dozen submarine cable systems linking continents, TE can assist in and benefit from drawing collective stakeholder attention to facilitating the launch of advanced digital services in Egypt, while bringing back the experience to the members of SAMENA Council. I warmly welcome Telecom Egypt’s CEO & MD, Mr. Ahmed El Beheiry, and the Telecom Egypt’s team to the SAMENA Council. We look forward to doing big things together in the interest of the regional and the Egyptian ICT sector."
Since its inception, SAMENA Telecommunications Council's membership platform has played an integral role in generating new approaches to deal with key industry challenges, bringing regulators, operators and vendors together, while working towards addressing digital development matters that will define the future of the industry. With Telecom Egypt’s membership, the SAMENA Council will start pursuing important stakeholder collaborative work in Egypt, including cooperation-building to align public and private sector priorities in North Africa.
About SAMENA Telecommunications Council
SAMENA Telecommunications Council is South Asia - Middle East - North Africa (SAMENA) region’s premier industry association of telecom operators and service providers. SAMENA Council voices network operators’ issues and needs to regulators, policymakers, and international institutions. The largest regional telecom groups, including Saudi Telecom, Etisalat, Batelco, Viva Kuwait, Orange Jordan, Zain, Omantel, among other leading operators and technology companies, are a part of the Council’s membership. SAMENA Council is a sector development partner to the private and the public sectors, and believes in bringing all stakeholders closer together to help create a sustainable business environment for the industry, and to accelerate digital development in regional economies.
As an international non-profit organization, SAMENA Council is contributing to the understanding of cross-stakeholder priorities within the public and the private sectors. The Council has created a unique regional position as the regulatory reach and operator advocacy organization, promoting institution-level engagements with leading private and public-sector organizations.
SAMENA Council was founded in 2006. In February 2016, Saudi Telecom Company, represented by Dr. Khaled Biyari, became the chairman of the Board of Directors of SAMENA Council.
About Telecom Egypt
Telecom Egypt is the first total telecom operator in Egypt providing all telecom services to its customers including fixed and mobile voice and data services. Telecom Egypt has a long history serving Egyptian customers for over 160 years maintaining a leadership position in the Egyptian telecom market by offering its enterprise and consumer customers the most advanced technology, reliable infrastructure solutions and the widest network of submarine cables with 13 cable systems connected through four landing stations linking Asia, Africa and Europe. Aside from its mobile operation "WE", the company owns a 45% stake in Vodafone Egypt, the leading and most profitable mobile operator in Egypt.