Batelco enters Egypt

Batelco Egypt will aim to provide high end computer networking services to Egyptian companies operating globally.

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By  David Ingham Published  January 19, 2004

Batelco has formally launched its operation in Egypt, Batelco Egypt Communications. Batelco used the occasion of Egypt’s major IT and telecomms show, Cairo ICT 2004, to introduce the company. The company’s purpose will be to provide corporate customers with some of Batelco and Cable & Wireless’s specialist services, including global Frame Relay, managed international private lines and global internet access services. The overall goal is to help Egyptian companies more easily do business globally. The move fits Batelco’s plan of expanding regionally by providing niche services. “From a strategic point of view, Batelco made a decision some years ago to broaden its horizons away from the home market, and in doing so share the strengths of its technologies in other countries,” said Samir Nooruddin, Batelco chief operating officer, customer services. “In [their] home markets, telecommunications companies are all used to being ‘all things to all men’, but on an international level this is not viable. Our best contribution is to focus on… offering niche services that are currently not offered,” he explained. Mustafa Al Awadi, a Bahraini senior manager from Batelco, will head operations in Cairo. The company has authorised capital of EGP 30 million and paid-up capital of EGP 3 million. Besides Egypt, Batelco has overseas operations in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

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