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Axiata Group Berhad Marks Major Milestone With Unveiling of New Brand Identity - AXIATA Committed to Advancing Asia

2009-04-02

KUALA LUMPUR, Thursday, April 2, 2009 – Axiata Group Berhad, formerly TM International Berhad (TMI), today unveiled its new company name and logo–. The new name and logo marks a major milestone in the company's history and signifies its presence as a key regional player in the mobile telecommunications market. The rebranding exercise, which has been planned since its demerger from Telekom Malaysia Berhad in April 2008, will further establish Axiata as an independent regional identity with its own distinct aspirations and strategies. Following the demerger, Axiata has developed into one of the largest mobile players in South East Asia with nearly 90 million customers across 10 countries.

A New Beginning

Y Bhg Tan Sri Dato' Azman Mokhtar, Chairman, Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of Axiata said “The name change and Axiata's new brand identity symbolises a new beginning, uniting the operating companies with a visual and tangible sense of shared purpose and belonging. This is aligned with our new corporate positioning and business strategy.”

A Unique Growth Strategy

Axiata has had a remarkable journey – from an international division within TM, to its incorporation as a private listed company and then onwards to the demerger from TM and its subsequent listing – Axiata is now one of the largest mobile players in Asia, with operations in 10 countries and over 25,000 employees, serving over 90 million customers throughout the region. The Group's new identity reflects Axiata's new vision, direction and strategy which are aimed at transforming the Group from a holding company to a multinational organization with world-class processes and people.

A Brand Inspired by Asia and Committed to Advancing Asia

The name Axiata was derived from a variety of root words of both Eastern and Western origin. It was primarily chosen due to the allusion to ‘Asia', representing who we are, a Group with a unique footprint across the region with a strong Asian heritage. Axiata's new logo mirrors the Group's rich heritage and cultural diversity. It is as colourful as the countries that it serves and displays the Group's vibrant energy and creativity. The multifaceted logo reflects the Group's rich heritage, layered and vibrant, and diverse reflecting how Axiata views situations from every perspective, uniting partners and connecting customers throughout Asia and the rest of the world. Axiata is a company with purpose, and intends to play a core role in nation development by piecing together connectivity, technology and talent. A new vision towards Advancing Asia

One Common Vision

“It is our role to bring operating companies together and work in unison towards one commongoal: Advancing Asia. While we are maintaining our brands in the respective countries, theAxiata brand will unite these brands under one common vision and values. The new brand will endorse these brands as a stamp of quality and dependability anywhere you go.” said Dato' Sri Jamaludin Ibrahim, Managing Director, President and Group Chief Executive Officer of Axiata. “As a uniquely Asian company, our goal is to catalyse progress in Asia by piecing together technology, connectivity and talent – the new brand is symbolic of our commitment to the industry, to the region and to our vision of becoming a regional mobile champion “ concluded Dato' Sri Jamaludin.

 

About Axiata

 

Axiata Group Bhd (Axiata), formerly known as TM International Bhd (TMI), is one of the largest Asian telecommunication companies, focused in high growth low penetration emerging markets. Axiata has a controlling interest in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Cambodia with significant strategic stakes in India and Singapore. India and Indonesia are some of the fastest growing markets in the world. In addition, the Malaysian grown holding company has assets in telecommunication operations in Thailand, Pakistan and Iran. The Group's mobile subsidiaries and associates operate under the brand name ‘Celcom' in Malaysia, ‘XL' in Indonesia, ‘Dialog' in Sri Lanka, ‘AKTEL' in Bangladesh, ‘HELLO' in Cambodia, ‘Idea' and ‘Spice' in India, ‘M1' in Singapore and ‘MTCE' in Iran (Esfahan). As of December 2008, The Group's, including its subsidiaries and associates, has over 89 million mobile subscribers in Asia. The Group revenue for 2008 was RM11.3 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 people, uniting them towards a single goal: Advancing Asia.