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Bharti Airtel scoops African Operator of the Year

December 9, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Telecommunications service provider Bharti Airtel, with operations in 20 countries across South Asia and Africa, has been recognised as the African Operator of the Year at the CommsMEA Awards 2013.

Airtel has been announced as African Operator of the Year (Image source: File)

Airtel has been announced as African Operator of the Year (Image source: File)

Executives including telecoms CEOs, vendors, ministers and regulators attended the eighth edition of the event at a 300-strong gathering at the Awards gala dinner held at Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai.

The award recognises excellence within the telecoms sector across the Middle East and Africa and involved several competitors including the MTN Group, Vodacom and Nedjma.

The winners were decided from a record number of nominations by a judging panel consisting of Akshay Lamba, chief architect and head of IT strategy at MTS; Milan Sallaba, managing director at Accenture Middle East; Erik Almqvist, partner and global head of operational consulting, Analysys Mason; Mark Kremers, partner, Oliver Wyman; Riad Hartani, partner at Xona, and Alan Horne, CEO Broadband Pioneer and Special Advisor to Global eHealth Foundation.

Commenting on the achievement, Manoj Kohli, the MD and CEO (International) at Bharti Airtel, said: “We are humbled by this recognition and the trust that the international industry panel, consumers and other stakeholders have placed on Airtel since our entry into Africa in 2010. During the past three years, we have managed to serve more communities within the countries that we operate in and hopefully change their lives through not only the voice but also the data and mobile commerce services that we provide. The latter are increasingly becoming essential in Africa.”

Airtel Africa provides 3G services in 14 African countries and Airtel Money services in 17 countries across the continent.

Staff writer

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