Ooredoo Group CEO: "Telcos can work with OTTs"

Dr. Nasser Marafih talks with CommsMEA about the future of Telecoms
Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO of Ooredoo.
Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO of Ooredoo.

Share

 “There is no denying that the future of the telecom sector lies in data,” said Dr. Nasser Marafih, Group CEO at Ooredoo. Indeed, operators in the region are working on shifting their business model from voice to data revenues, but they are finding many challenges on the way.

“With telecommunications standard services like voice and SMS declining, the telecom sector needs to not only address the shift in customers consumer habits, but also how to evolve our companies with new market entrants,” Marafih said.

He agrees that the future of the telecom sector lies in data and he notes that Ooredoo, as many other telecoms operators, have started rethink “drastically” their operations and business models.

“In the not too distant future, the conversation of challenges in monetising data needs to be discussed in the region, as well as how telecommunications companies can work with OTT players,” he added.

Marafih consider that OTT services need operators as much as telcos need them. “They [OTT providers] are the future of communication, but our services provide the infrastructure. By confronting the global situation head on, and inviting these next generation partners to brainstorm with us, I believe a mutually beneficial business model will naturally evolve,” he noted.

On how Ooredoo is working with OTT players, Marafih said to CommsMEA that the company is entering into new partnerships with the OTT players, based on the recognition that Ooredoo needs to find a business model that works for the OTT players and the company.

“A dialogue is necessary, because we provide the network that makes it possible for the OTT players to compete, and because working with them enables us to provide new experiences for our customers,” he added.

Read CommsMEA interview with Dr. Nasser Marafih on our September issue.

Webinar #2 | Register to attend - Intergenerational signalling consolidation for the 5G era

Join CommsMEA, Deutsche Telekom and NetNumber as they explore opportunities for intergenerational signalling consolidation for the 5G era. The webinar is free but can only be accessed by registering below in advance.

Editor's Choice

Emerson expands analytics platform for industrial enterprise-level wireless infrastructure management
Plantweb Insight platform adds two new Pervasive Sensing applications that manage wireless networks more efficiently with a singular interface to the enterprise
Digitalisation seen as a competitive advantage by Middle East private businesses
Nearly 80 per cent of private business leaders acknowledge that digitalisation can impact business sustainability
Etisalat introduces Multi-Access Edge Computing architecture delivering best-in-class video streaming performance for 5G networks
MEC architecture achieves performance gains of as much as 90% in video streaming, validating how ultra-low-latency applications will be delivered over 4G and 5G networks

Most popular

Don't Miss a Story