Etisalat announced it was recognized as ‘Best Regional Wholesale Carrier’ at the 2020 Telecoms World Middle East Awards virtual ceremony. It was shortlisted among top telecom companies for its success in the wholesale business. This marks a record 12th year that Etisalat has won this award.
Commenting on the award, Ali Amiri, Group Chief Carrier and Wholesale Officer, Etisalat, said: “We are honoured to receive the ‘Best Regional Wholesale Carrier’ award for the 12th year, which highlights Etisalat’s core international network capabilities, reach and commitment to quality as well as the capabilities and success of our SmartHub, our new services, and the strategic partnerships we have formed over the years. This recognition is a testament to Etisalat’s resiliency and continuous and value-focused innovations – a key driver to our success in the wholesale business.”
Over the years, Etisalat has been expanding its global reach through strategic partnerships and investments. Etisalat continued to innovate in 2020 through introducing new services and creative collaborations. It expanded its SmartHub wholesale data centre through inaugurating a new facility in Fujairah in February 2020, while another SmartHub data centre in Dubai is also ready. This expansion makes Etisalat’s SmartHub one of the biggest and the most diversified carrier hotel in MENA.
Etisalat increased its LTE (4G) roaming footprint to around 515 networks, putting the telco in the leading position globally. It launched 5G roaming services with more than 30 operators in various countries.
Etisalat’s Smart Cloud Talk service was launched this year to address the growing demand for virtual interaction and communication capabilities in the enterprise segment based on the cloud.
The virtual awards ceremony, held on 13th October 2020, was part of a two-day Telecoms World Middle East virtual event in Dubai. The winners were chosen by an independent a panel of expert judges assembled by Terrapinn, the organisers of the annual Telecoms World Middle East conference and awards.