du scoops top Middle East operator award

Dubai-based telco recognised as the Middle East’s best performer in 2012

du CEO Osman Sultan.

du CEO Osman Sultan.

Du, the UAE’s second telecom operator, has won the Middle East Operator of the Year Award at the annual CommsMEA Awards ceremony, held at the Westin, Dubai.

Du beat off stiff competition from rival nominees Etisalat, Omantel, Qtel and Zain Jordan to scoop the award, which was one of 16 handed out during the ceremony.

John Lincoln, vice president of enterprise marketing, du, collected the award on behalf of the company in front of an audience of more than 200 telecoms executives.

Lincoln said he believed the company won the award based on the “sum totality” of its offering in the UAE market. “We’re always coming out with innovative propositions, offering the best value for money for our customers, serving all segments and just being part of the UAE community,” Lincoln said.

Roger Field, editor of CommsMEA, a regional telecoms magazine, said that the award was well deserved. “Du turned in a solid performance in 2012. It launched LTE services, a carrier neutral internet exchange and also boosted the efficiency of its network.

"Its latest set of results also proved the point - its profits were up 34 percent in the third quarter, while mobile data revenue nearly doubled. Du was clearly the natural choice for the judges.”

The winners of the CommsMEA Awards were selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of Akshay Lamba, chief architect and head of IT strategy at MTS India; Erik Almqvist, partner and global head of operational consulting, Analysys Mason; Mark Kremers, associate partner, Oliver Wyman; Paul Budde, CEO of BuddeComm; and Santino Saguto, a partner at Deloitte.

The seventh edition of the CommsMEA Awards was organised by ITP Business Publishing. The event recognised the top operators, vendors and telecoms regulators across 16 categories of award.

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