Senior telecoms executives from the MEA region’s operators, vendors and regulators converged on Dubai last night for the annual CommsMEA Awards.
UAE operators Etisalat and Du were among the winners, scooping awards for Best Overall Operator and Best Middle East Operator respectively.
At a group level Etisalat also prospered, with two of its opcos gaining awards. Egypt’s Etisalat Misr won the African Operator of the Year Award, while Saudi Arabia’s Mobily, which is part-owned by Etisalat, earned the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Qatar's Qtel Group also performed strongly, winning four awards across its operations, including Converged Service Provider of the Year for its Qatar-based IP offering.
Bahrain also triumphed. The country’s telecoms regulator, TRA Bahrain, won the Best Regulator of the Year Award, which was collected by the TRA’s chairman, Dr. Mohammed Al Amer. Rashid Abdulla, CEO of Batelco Bahrain, collected the award for Best Business Service.
Other CEOs were also in town for the event. Ahmed Hanandeh, CEO of Zain Jordan, earned the Telecoms Professional of the Year Award, while Ahmed Mekky, CEO of Gulf Bridge International, flew in from Qatar to collect the Telecoms Technology Investment Award. Mikkel Vinter, CEO of Virgin Mobile MEA, collected the Telecoms Deal of the Year Award.
For the full list of winners, view our gallery here.
The CommsMEA Awards 2012 were sponsored by Du, Safran Morpho, AT&T, Batelco, Huawei, Workz.