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MENAFN Press - 07/10/2012

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(MENAFN Press) Nawras, Oman's customer friendly communications provider, recently hosted the first Qtel Group Device Management Forum. Empowering people via connected mobile devices is a goal shared by network operators and device manufacturers.

Among the manufacturers and supplierswho attended the gathering were Samsung, Nokia, Research In Motion, Alcatel and Huawei. Delegates from Nawras were joined in the Sultanate by their Qtel Group counterparts from Qatar, Kuwait, Tunisia, Algeria, Palestine and Indonesia.

Welcoming the delegates, Martin Lyne, Nawras Chief Marketing Officer, said, "It is my great pleasure to welcome Qtel Group delegates and leading mobile device suppliers and manufacturers from across the globe to Oman for this Forum.

Hosting thisconferenceprovides us with a great opportunity to share knowledge and discuss industry trends to find the best ways to meet the changing needs of our customers."

He added, "As wemake progress withTurbochargingour network, customers will soonbe enjoyinga faster and richer experience, andmany will be able to choose from the latest 4G LTE enabled devicesto take full advantage of the superfastspeeds andgreatly improved quality of service.

By maintaining our competitive edge as communications continue to evolve, we cangive customers more options by offering the latest handsets and devices with competitive bundlesto suit different usage styles and budgets."

As Nawras Turbocharges its network, the forum provided the perfect opportunity to share feedback and usage styles with the vendors in order to select the best devices for the faster network and provide the best possible customer experience.

The forum was also a valuable resource to help device manufacturers develop new products based on the evolving needs of customers across the MENA region.

Nawras, a Qtel Group company, is committed to enriching the daily lives of people in Oman by enthusing customers with innovative communications solutions and products.

About Nawras
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. Nawraswas 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 83.7 million as of June 2012. Its businesses operate under various names, including Qtel, Indosat, Asiacell, Wataniya, Nawras, Nedjma and Tunisiana. The Qtel Group's principal 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.


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