After the election of a new president, Lebanon has eventually acquired a new government, restructuring the entire sectors especially the telecommunications sector.

The newly appointed Telecoms Minister, Jamal Jarrah has already started to work towards enhancing the current situation, promising service improvements in 2017 and vows to modernize the sector.

Jarrah promised to ramp up the fiber optics network. He said the move would result in a record increase of internet speed. He also promised to expand 4G mobile internet connectivity as well as improve cellular network signals.

“What we seek is not only achievement, but also places things on the right track,” Jarrah said. While highlighting the need to modernize the telecoms sector, the minister asked department employees to prioritize their work in the industry “to facilitate citizens’ affairs.”

“This sector is a main tributary for the state treasury; it can be developed and modernized to serve the interests of the national economy,” Jarrah added.

It’s worth mentioning that the Telecommunications Ministry saw an increase in internet sales revenue in 2016 following a major crackdown on illegal internet distributors.

Moreover, the Cabinet appointed Imad Kreidieh as Abdel-Moneim Youssef successor at the head of the state-owned telecommunications company Ogero.

According to Kreidieh improving the sector's technical capabilities is a main priority. "Choosing me was based on my capabilities in the telecoms sector," He said. He is known for his telecoms expertise over the past 25 years.

"I still don't have a clear vision for the telecoms sector in Lebanon, but I am looking forward to rectifying its technical conditions," he continued.

Kreidieh added that, in the long run, he will focus on innovation in telecom companies and operating the fiber-optic network "that only needs a mechanism to connect it with the consumers." "This will be within a five-year plan," he said.

Chairman and CEO of Alfa, Marwan Hayek has won the Man of the Year in the Middle East Award (Operator Telecom Leader of the Year), in recognition of his achievements in the telecommunications sector and the development that he has brought to the sector in Lebanon through the strategy he adopted since taking office in 2010, which enabled Alfa to rise to the leading position in the fields of technology, services and social commitment; all which contributed to the creation of over 3,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alfa and the sector.

Hayek received the award granted by Telecom Review (TR), the monthly magazine specializing in telecommunications, at a celebration held on the sidelines of the “It's All About SMART Networking” Summit, organized by TR in Dubai, in the presence of international senior officials, executives and leaders in the telecom sector. Mr. Hayek also received the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative Award, which was won by the company for its role in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable development as part of the Alfa 4-Life CSR Program.

Hayek

Hayek thanked the organizers for the two awards, pointing out that “this honor is an honor for the entire Alfa team and for the team spirit which distinguishes Alfa, and through which we have proven that when we make a promise, we fulfill it”. He added: “We were able together to make a vast leap in the telecommunications sector in Lebanon and in Alfa through the vision set by us as management to keep up with every state of the art in the world of telecommunications; we were pioneers in launching the 3G, 4G and 4G+ technologies  in Lebanon; in addition, Alfa has become one step away from launching the first 5G station in mid-2018 after being the first to have signed first of their kind 5G memoranda of understanding in the region.”

Hayek indicated that this honor represents “an incentive for us to continue embracing this approach through which Alfa has proven its leadership in Lebanon and the region as a pioneering digital operator in terms of technology, services and community contribution.”

Performance and Faith

For the past six years at the helm of Alfa, Hayek has been distinguished for his faith in the potential and capabilities of the Lebanese. He maintained excellent performance and growth in Alfa, despite all the surrounding circumstances. He managed through his strategy to bring Lebanon and Alfa back to the international and regional telecom map where Alfa  occupied advanced rankings in terms of its network quality, and its 3G network quality has been ranked 7th in the world, according to international reports.

Hayek has given special attention to social responsibility, where under his management, Alfa, managed by Orascom Telecom, has invested nearly 2 million dollars in programs aimed at capacity building of marginalized groups and persons and children with special needs under its “Alfa 4-life” program. In addition, Alfa under Hayek’s leadership launched a number of programs aimed at empowering young people, and supporting start-ups, social initiatives and young sport talents. Hayek has contributed to the creation of a supportive environment for Lebanese women and for the employment of people with special needs, whose quota has reached more than 3% of working staff within Alfa.

Integrated Telecom celebrated its 10 year anniversary emphasizing its remarkable success story in the Telecommunications sector in Saudi Arabia. During this decade, the company achieved the trust of several business sectors in the kingdom such as: Banks, legal sectors, significant companies and factories, in addition to huge investors in the kingdom and the in the world.

During this ceremony, Engineer Ghassan Itani, CEO of ITC talked about the big role that the company has played for the past 10 years which paved the way for becoming the first company in providing the latest telecommunication services and solutions."Integrated Telecom will be one of the most important service providers of telecommunications and information technology for the business sector in Saudi Arabia."

He also mentioned the challenges that the company has overcome by building a new network that matches a long term strategy leading it to become the most important service providers of telecommunications in the business sector in the region.

In addition, he talked about the challenges of forming an outstanding team which is believed to be one of the pillars of the company.  Integrated Telecom was established with 13 employees reaching 400 today.

Itani emphasized the role of the company in recruiting the best local candidates, giving them promotions and training opportunities in addition, they created a new program to grab the attention of Saudi graduates in different majors. The chosen graduates will benefit from training and management opportunities under the strategy of forming a leading young generation. This has driven the company to become one of the best attracting working environments in the kingdom.

At the end of the ceremony Itani thanked all the employees by honoring the first thirteen employees, who began their career ever since the company was established, giving them a trophy of honor and bonuses.

It is worth mentioning that Integrated Telecom works with few leading companies as partners who are specialized in providing cloud solutions making it the leading service provider in the kingdom with the aim of enhancing and offering the best services to the legal sectors in the kingdom.

Digital Magazine

Dec 2016

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