Nawras CEO to discuss future of broadband at Abu Dhabi Telecoms summit
Muscat, 8 May 2012 – Ross Cormack, CEO of Nawras, will join other telecom Chief Executives from the Middle East and North Africa at the fourth Annual Abu Dhabi Telecoms CEO Summit on 14 May. In a session entitled “The Excitement of the Inflection Point between the Broadband Avalanche and Traditional Telecoms”, Cormack will highlight the company’s role in delivering broadband in the Sultanate while addressing the challenges and opportunities ahead.
In line with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s economic vision for 2020, Nawras now provides a combination of state of the art transmission and WiMAX technologies to serve 87% of households with Home Broadband. During the last year alone, daily data traffic on Nawras broadband increased by 18 times which underlines the extent of coverage and enthusiastic customer response.
Ross Cormack said, “Our vision for Nawras mirrors that of Oman. High quality communications is important in serving modern society and since we first launched our services in 2005, we have strived to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers by providing pleasingly different services and an extensive range of flexible plans to suit different lifestyles and usage requirements.”
In 2007, the company was the first to introduce 3G technology to the Sultanate and earlier this year was the first in Oman to demonstrate 4G LTE technology to the general public. Nawras has equipped the Muscat Grand Mall – part of the new Tilal Complex in Muscat – with a full fibre network and is providing a super-fast fibre based broadband service to the new commercial outlets and offices in the complex which is planned to be one of the biggest integrated real estate developments in the country.
Nawras products are underpinned by award-winning customer service and the company is committed to enriching the lives of people in Oman and delighting customers through better communication.
Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company SAOG was founded and registered in the Sultanate of Oman in December 2004. It launched its service in March 2005 as the challenger mobile operator in Oman operating under the name Nawras. Nawras was awarded the second fixed licence in Oman in 2009, and launched its international gateway in April 2010, its corporate fixed and broadband services in May 2010, and its residential fixed and broadband services in June 2010. Since 2010 Nawras has been an integrated services telecommunications operator and is currently serving around 2 million customers across the Sultanate. Following a successful IPO, Nawras is listed on the Muscat Stock Market (MSM) under the “nwrs” ticker since 1 November 2010. Nawras is majority owned by the Qtel Group and also has a number of significant Omani shareholders which ensures that the company is strongly integrated into the Omani society. Nawras has won a number of awards including Customer Service Excellence Award in Telecom Sector 2012 from Oman Customer Care Conference, Innovation in HR Strategy 2011 from Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards, Outstanding Leader from TMT Finance Middle East 2011, Best IPO in the Middle East from emeafinance magazine and Strategic Leadership Award from Global HR Excellence Awards 2011.
About Qtel Group:
The Qtel Group is a leading international communications company, with a significant presence in the MENA region and Southeast Asia, and having a consolidated customer base of 83.4 million as of December 2011. It operates a portfolio of brands including Qtel, Indosat, Asiacell, Wataniya, Nawras, Nedjma and Tunisiana. The Qtel Group’s principle activities are mobile telephone services, broadband solutions, digital futures and fibre technologies, serving both consumer and business markets. Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, Qtel Group is ambitiously growing its global business on the basis of its insights into the needs of customers in emerging markets. Qtel Group’s ultimate parent company is Qatar Telecom (Qtel) Q.S.C., whose shares are listed on the Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.