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Telco leaders earn recognition at CommsMEA Awards

Etisalat, Qtel, Zain take home awards

Telco leaders earn recognition at CommsMEA Awards
Etisalat, Zain and Qtel all won awards at the CommsMEA Awards 2011.

Etisalat, Qtel and Zain all prospered at the CommsMEA Awards, which took place in Dubai last night.

The three telcos each scooped multiple awards across their group operations.

Etisalat won the prestigious Fixed-Line Operator of the Year award, while its Saudi Arabian subsidiary, Mobily, won the award for New Telecoms Service of the Year. Etisalat Misr, the group's operation in Egypt, also earned recognition, with its CEO, Saleh Abdullah Al Abdooli, winning the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Qtel also struck a chord with the judges, earning three awards across its group operations. Qtel won the Best Business Service award, while its Omani subsidiary, Nawras, walked off with the Operational Expansion of the Year Award. The group's Algerian operation, Nedjma, bagged the African Operator of the Year Award.

Zain Group sealed the prestigious Best Overall Operator Award, and Zain Jordan was recognised as the Best Customer Service Provider.

Mohamed Al Ghanim, head of the UAE's TRA, collected the award for Best Regulator.

The awards were attended by more than 250 of the region's telecom executives, including the CEOs of Wataniya, Zain Sudan, Nedjma and Batelco Bahrain.

The complete list of winners is:

Best Business Service: Qtel

Customer Service Provider of the Year: Zain Jordan

Most Innovative Non-Voice Service: Inmarsat

New Telecoms Service of the Year: Mobily

Telecoms Technology Investment of the Year: Batelco

Telecoms Deal of the Year: STC

ISP of the Year: du

Fixed-Line Operator of the Year: Etisalat

Middle East Operator of the Year: Wataniya

African Mobile Operator of the Year: Nedjma

Overall Operator of the Year: Zain Group

Middle East Vendor of the Year: Huawei

African Vendor of the Year: Alcatel-Lucent

Regulator of the Year: UAE TRA

Lifetime Achievement Award: Saleh Abdullah Al Abdooli, CEO, Etisalat Misr

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