GSM arrives in Yemen for US $60M

A US $60million joint venture between Siemens and SabaFon has now seen the launch of the first operational GSM service in Yemen after only 6 weeks of partnership

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By  Charlotte McDonald Published  February 26, 2001

Siemens and SabaFon have successfully launched the first operational GSM service in Sanaa, Yemen. The venture took 6 weeks to complete and cost SabaFon US $60million. It is hoped the service will be extended to most of the country in the near future.

The result of a successful partnership between Siemens, SabaFon, ORASCOM and the local Ahmar Group in conjunction with other international partners, saw the first GSM call on Valentine’s Day this year.

“We have the pleasure to initiate the first GSM call in Yemen ever and take the opportunity to congratulate SabaFon on this achievement,” said Dr Tourbah, Siemens Middle East vice president. “Siemens successful partnership with SabaFon is extending our leading position in the Middle East as a solution provider and we believe that this partnership is a further step towards bringing the Middle East region on par with the world wide telecom community,” he said.

“Combined with more the 100 years experience of technology evolution and reinforced by our Head Quarters in Dubai to support the Middle East region, the confidence of our valuable operators in Siemens is our key for success,” Dr Tourbah added.

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