After reaching the milestone of 100 customers at the end of 2015, datamena has appointed Abou Moustafa as vice president. His appointment ensures seamless alignment in his joint role as the VP of datamena, as well as enterprise managed services at du. This change aims to strengthen datamena’s capability to provide a new range of managed services and business solutions.
Speaking about Abou Moustafa’s appointment, Fahad Al Hassawi, chief commercial officer at du, said: “Our commitment to maintaining growth on various levels requires our enrolment into regular development, especially in the leadership positions. Welcoming Abou Mustafa to datamena represents a strategic move by du, due to his proven ability to innovate and develop strategy for the business.”
“I am thrilled to join the datamena team and advance the growth of datamena in the region, as we continue to welcome new partners on board, while capitalising on the regional and global demand for our solutions” said Abou Mustafa, vice president, enterprise managed services and datamena.
In an interaction with CommsMEA at Capacity ME 2016 conference, Abou Moustafa outlined his plans to drive datamena forwards. “I think it’s the time for transformation. We have a robust ecosystem including carriers, cloud providers, content players, and more than 100 logos. So it’s time to move it to a new domain”, he added. He plans to work to ensure that datamena customers are provided value-added services like managed security, software-as-a-service, etc.
During the Capacity ME event, datamena also announced its collaboration with Epsilon telecommunications. “Dubai has emerged as a hub for telecommunications solutions in the Middle East and Asia, and we are using the most robust and reliable infrastructure available to serve our increasing customer base. Partnering with datamena enables us to further extend our cross-border connectivity capabilities to our international clients”, said Clint Collins, regional director, service provider markets – EMEA at Epsilon. “There is also a growing demand for virtualized on demand network and connectivity solutions and this new deployment of cutting edge technology brings this capability to datamena, facilitating and meeting the next wave of international connectivity requirements” added Collins.
In terms of future plans of the company , Abou believes that datamena is already doing a great job in building the ecosystem, which is reflected in the increase in customers as well as in the traffic exchanged in the datamena hub. As an example, the UAE-IX (Internet Exchange) is on track to reach 100 G by the end of the year, which would be a huge success. According to a report by Analsys Mason, the emergence of a carrier-neutral IXP Internet Exchange in the Middle East has stimulated regional discussions about traffic exchanges.