Axiata Group Berhad takes top honors in the 14th Telecom Asia Awards
Kuala Lumpur 13th April 2010, Axiata Group Berhad (“Axiata”), took top honours yesterday, at the Telecom Asia awards, one of the region's longest-running and prestigious telecom industry awards. The Group took home the Best Regional Mobile Group for its operations in multiple Asian markets, beating out other longer established groups in the region. Also at the awards XL1, its Indonesian mobile arm, took the prize for Best Emerging Market Carrier whilst XL's CEO, Hasnul Suhaimi, was voted Telecom CEO of the Year for his performance
at the helm of the company “We would like to thank Telecom Asia for the recognition, for the second consecutive year and a mere three years into our existence. To win this award is a great honour, especially given the other very established nominees in the category. 2010 marked another excellent year for Axiata. Despite coming off a spectacular 2009, we raised the bar even higher with 2010‘s performance which continued to break records and was our best ever. The awards are recognition of the Group's strong presence and continued success in the region's telecommunications market,” said Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Axiata.Winners in 10 categories were chosen from more than 100 fixed, mobile and convergence telecom operators from around the region. Award winners were chosen from a shortlist of candidates nominated by Telecom Asia readers, judges and editors. The final selection was then made by an independent panel of industry experts, who cast votes on the basis of innovation, financial performance, technology, market leadership and corporate governance. Per Dahlberg, Chairman of the judging panel said, “Axiata has consistently shown outstanding results in multiple markets. With operations in ten countries, strong financial results and market-leading performance from its key businesses, selecting the company as the Best Regional Mobile Carrier, for a second year in a row, was almost a unanimous decision by the judging panel. It has shown leadership in experimenting with new revenue streams and at the same time demonstrated innovation in partnering with rivals to share infrastructure to trim operational costs". “We are very pleased with the awards and have to give due recognition to all employees of the Group, who once again stepped up their efforts to achieve another year of continued results. For the Best Mobile Carrier award to XL, I congratulate all XL employees and in particular Pak Hasnul, for his strong and visionary leadership. The awards are testament to all the hard work and efforts at the Group and across all our operating companies,” Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim concluded.
Axiata is one of the largest Asian telecommunication companies, focused on high growth low penetration emerging markets. Axiata has controlling interests in mobile operators in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India, Singapore and Iran. India and Indonesia are amongst the fastest growing markets in the world. In addition, the Malaysian-grown holding company has stakes in non-mobile telecommunication operations in Thailand. The Group's mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name ‘Celcom' in Malaysia, ‘XL' in Indonesia, ‘Dialog' in Sri Lanka, ‘Robi' in Bangladesh, ‘HELLO' in Cambodia, ‘Idea' in India, ‘M1' in Singapore and ‘MTCE' in Iran (Esfahan).The Group's, including its subsidiaries and associates, has over 160 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group revenue for 2010 was RM15.3 billion. The Group provides employment to over 25,000 people across Asia. Axiata's vision is to be a regional champion by 2015 by piecing together the best throughout the region in connectivity, technology and talent, uniting them towards a single goal: Advancing Asia. Axiata was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2009 and 2010 Asia Pacific ICT Award for Best Telecom Group and the Telecom Asia Best Regional Mobile Group 2010 for its operations in multiple Asian markets.